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Guerrero Outpoints Berto in Classic Slugfest

By November 26, 2012

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Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero scored the biggest and most impressive win of his career with a 12-round unanimous decision over former welterweight champion Andre Berto. Guerrero dropped Berto in both the first and second rounds and looked to be on the verge of an early round TKO. Berto, however, had other plans. Despite eyes that were rapidly swelling shut, Berto fought back valiantly for the remaining ten rounds of the fight. Most of the bout was fought on the inside where Berto quickly discovered he couldn't Guerrero with his right uppercut. Guerrero, a lightweight as recently as last year, somehow took everything Berto had to offer and - despite a right eye that was nearly swollen shut - continued to press the action until the final bell.

This was a Fight of the Year candidate and round 12 was a Round of the Year candidate. The crowd was so loud that referee Lou Moret was unable to hear the final bell and the action didn't stop until a ringside official jumped into the ring. In the end, all three judges scored the bout 116-110 for Guerrero -- completely reasonable but not entirely indicative of the back-and-forth nature of the fight.

Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) retained his WBC interim welterweight belt and now hopes for a big money bout against either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao.

Despite the loss, Berto (28-2, 22 KOs) remains a top ten welterweight and has a style that fans want to see. He'll need some time off for his face to heal, but would be a great opponent for Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander or Victor Ortiz (in a rematch of 2011's Fight of the Year).

Comments

November 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm
(1) Donald Wolberg says:

Just a really good, action packed and almost non-stop fight. Robert Guerrero was very impressive and determined to win, Berto has a great heart and after what certainly seemed like a disaster early on for him, did fight back with all he had round after round. The only problem was Guerrero had a plan, and was just so much better on the inside, where he tried to keep the fight. Guerrero has such a great life story that his victory has lots of deeper meaning for him and his family. Berto will be back, but I think he cannot really compete at the highest level especially with harder and faster punchers. All in all a really good match.

November 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm
(2) kenb. says:

Kudos to Guerrero on an impressive win and it was an action packed fight that should be considered for the fight of the year. Lets hope he gets a title match he deserves.

December 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(3) Jerry Premo says:

I think “The Ghost” fought the best fight of his carreer. The fight of the year.

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