Junior lightweight contender Miguel Berchelt will face late replacement George Jupp for a vacant interim world title in Merida, Mexico, on Saturday night, Zanfer Promotions has announced.
Puerto Rico's Roman "Rocky" Martinez was scheduled to make a mandatory title defense against Berchelt in his hometown of Merida on Saturday night but withdrew last week, citing tendinitis in his left hand.
According to Martinez promoter PR Best Boxing Promotions, Martinez's doctor told him to rest the hand for at least four weeks.
With Martinez out of action, Zanfer Promotions announced it had gotten the WBO to sign off on sanctioning the interim title bout for Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), 24, and Jupp quickly (13-2, 4 KOs) took Martinez's place in the bout. The card will air on beIN Sports Espanol in the United States beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
Jupp, 25, of England, is quite inexperienced, not having any name opponents on his record, but he has won nine fights in a row since a 2011 loss. He will be boxing in a scheduled 12-round fight for the first time.
When Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), 33, is ready to return, he will be mandated to face the Berchelt-Jupp winner in his first fight back or he will be stripped of the belt and the Berchelt-Jupp winner will become the full titleholder.