Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) solidified his status as a serious contender in the welterweight division on Nov. 24, successfully defending his interim WBC welterweight title against Andre Berto (28-2-0, 22 KOs).
The fight between the two exceeded all expectations, as both men poured their hearts out inside the ring, giving boxing fans a night they won’t soon forget. The fight was so intense, punches continued to flow even after the final bell.
Ring rust seemed to be a problem for Berto — who hadn’t been inside the ring in over a year — early in the fight, and Guerrero was able to make him pay, sending him to the canvas in the first and second rounds. By then, Berto’s right eye was virtually shut, but the Miami native showed a lot of heart, somehow finding a way to survive Guerrero’s assault.
Andre Berto started turning things around in the middle rounds, landing some clean uppercuts on “The Ghost.” Surprisingly, Robert absorbed Berto’s punches well, and he eventually got the momentum back on his side. Guerrero finished the fight strong, securing the unanimous decision.
“I told Andre I was going to beat him down, so I had to be a man of my word,” Guerrero told Max Kellerman shortly after the fight. “He defended himself like a true champ. … I had to get on the inside with him, work his body, and fight him on the inside. If you keep him on the outside, he has quick hands, and he’ll catch you.”
Obviously, Andre Berto was disappointed with his performance, and he’d love the opportunity to redeem himself in the future.
“If he [Robert] wants to do it again, we can definitely do that,” Berto said shortly after the fight.
From start to finish, there wasn’t a dull moment in the Guerrero vs. Berto bout, and I for one wouldn’t mind watching a rematch. There seemed to be a little bad-blood between the two during the post-fight interview with Kellerman, which should make potential rematch between the two that much more entertaining.