Junior lightweight world titleholder Miguel Berchelt is on his third opponent in less than a month for his upcoming defense.
Berchelt will now face late replacement Maxwell Awuku on Feb. 10, Zanfer Promotions announced on Friday. The fight will take place at the Oasis Arena in Berchelt's hometown of Cancun, Mexico, and will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol (11 p.m. ET) in the United States.
Berchelt, who will be boxing at home for the first time since 2011, was originally scheduled to make his second title defense against former two-time junior bantamweight world titleholder and countryman Cristian Mijares (58-8-2, 26 KOs) but unspecified issues with the contract arose between the promoters, causing the change in opponents.
Last week, Mijares was replaced by the Philippines' Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12 KOs). However, even though the bout was signed and approved by the WBC, whose title belt Berchelt holds, Filipino boxing regulators declined to approve Magali's participation in the bout because he had not had the required number of days off since his previous fight, a 10th-round knockout victory against Masatoshi Kotani on Jan. 13.
That left Zanfer Promotions, which promotes Berchelt, scrambling to find another replacement opponent. Awuku (44-3-1, 30 KOs), a southpaw from Ghana, got the call.
Awuku has won four fights in a row -- although three of the opponents had sub-.500 records -- since getting knocked down and losing a unanimous 12-round decision loss to former contender Daud Yordan in June 2015.
"We are ready for whoever," Berchelt said. "I have prepared myself at the top. It's good that the African is coming to create an upset and wants to offer a great fight to my audience. My emotions grow knowing that I will be fulfilling my dream (to defend his title at home) on Feb. 10."
Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs), 26, won the 130-pound belt by 11th-round knockout of Francisco Vargas 13 months ago in Indio, California, and retained it by lopsided decision over former titlist Takashi Miura in July in Inglewood, California.