Berto vs Guerrero: Time, Preview, Odds and the Bottom LineWritten by Sam Gregory
Guerrero beats Berto in CLASSIC!
WBC interim welterweight title holder Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs), Guerrero floored Berto once in rounds one and two and had Andre badly hurt. But Berto rebounded to land vicious shots. It was back n' forth high action throughout. Scores were 116-110 on all cards. Highlights and more details coming...
Tonight Andre Berto 28-1 with 22 KO's and Robert Guerrero 30-1-1 with 18 KO's, both 29 years old, will fight in the main event at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California for the interim WBC welterweight title.
This scheduled 12 round bout will be televised live in the U.S. on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Berto vs Guerrero time:
10 PM ET/ 7PM PT (The main event, Berto vs Guerrero, will follow Keith Thurman vs Carlos Quintana which has a start time of 10PM EST)
This fight will end a 14 and a half month absence from the ring for two-time welterweight title holder Andre Berto. Since his June rematch with Victor Ortiz was cancelled because he tested positive for steroids, this will be the first time Berto has been in the ring since September 2011.
Berto was cleared of "Illegal steroid" charges
The California State Athletic Commission has since granted Andre Berto a boxing license to fight in the state following all the pre-licensing requirements, including a drug test.
In a news release last summer after he was cleared of the charges, Berto and his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, revealed that the drug test Andre Berto took last May came up positive for extremely small amounts of a banned substance that was inconsistent with any performance enhancing effect and was much more consistent with contamination of an otherwise acceptable food or supplement.
Berto further said in the statement, "As someone who truly believes in a clean sport, I have never used any type of performance enhancing drugs. Everything I've achieved was the result of hard work and determination. I am excited that this whole situation is behind me, and I look forward to returning to the ring."
Berto wasn't Guerrero's first choice
When Robert Guerrero was originally offered the fight with Berto he declined because of the positive drug test. After reconsidering the offer, Guerrero changed his mind when both Berto and Guerrero contractually agreed to mandatory drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
In an interview with USA Today Guerrero said, "I did want to fight (Timothy) Bradley knowing that he came off that fight with Manny Pacquiao, and he's on top of his game, and he's undefeated and you're looking for the best fights. But unfortunately he pulled out of the fight. He wants to sit and wait for, I guess, the Pacquiao rematch."
"I looked for the best possible fight that was available, and that's the fight with Berto."
Odds makers have Berto the slight favorite
Robert Guerrero, who has won titles in four different weight classes, will be fighting in his backyard in Ontario, California. Even though fighting in front of a hometown crowd is considered an advantage, Andre Berto will be the betting favorite Saturday night.
Berto vs Guerero odds: Berto is at -120 and Guerrero +150.
Berto has won two world titles during his six years as a welterweight. Having fought at 147 pounds for six years, Andre is more of a natural welterweight and is the bigger man.
Just three years ago Guerrero was campaigning at super featherweight (130 lbs).
For those playing the odds, Guerrero looks to be overpowered and outgunned by Berto.
Guerrero's first fight in the welterweight division was July 28th and he handled himself well against the then-undefeated Selcuk Aydin, winning a unanimous decision; 116-112 on two of the judge's scorecards and 117-111 on the third.
And Guerrero has built momentum in his career; he hasn't lost a fight in seven years. The only loss being a split decision when he fought as a featherweight in 2005. He's also more refined and the more intelligent of the two.
But it's not likely Guerrero will be able hurt Berto. If the fight ends early, Andre Berto is the favorite to win by KO.
The bottom line
Even though Andre Berto hasn't fought in over 14 months, I think he's the bigger, stronger natural welterweight and, if need be, will shed any ring rust quickly.
Berto is looking to pick up where he left off, last seen winning the IBF title in September 2011. Look for Berto to end this fight with a middle to late round stoppage.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.