Guerrero wins decision over Berto

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 25, 2012
Robert Guerrero knocked down Andre Berto twice on the way to a unanimous-decision victory in a welterweight bout on Saturday. Guerrero (31-1-1) floored the former champion in the first round and again in the second round before persevering through a physically punishing bout. Berto's eyes were both swollen shut by the final bell, and Guerrero's right eye was nearly closed after multiple rounds of close-range punching. ''I did tell Andre I was going to beat him down, so I had to be a man of my word,'' Guerrero said. ''But he did defend himself like a true champ. ... I had to get on the inside with him, work his body and fight him on the inside.'' Guerrero, the former champion at featherweight and super featherweight, called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the fight. Guerrero and Mayweather both have promotional relationships with Golden Boy, making a matchup possible. ''Pretty Boy, let's do it,'' Guerrero said. Berto (28-2) recovered from a slow start to test Guerrero despite a closed right eye from the second round onward. Guerrero took significant damage, but hung on for his eighth consecutive win. All three judges at Citizens Bank Business Arena scored the bout 116-110 for Guerrero. Returning to the ring for his first fight in 14 months, Berto complained about the officiating after his second loss in three outings. Berto failed a doping test earlier this year, wiping out a lucrative rematch with Victor Ortiz. ''I just didn't understand,'' Berto said. ''He was coming in, grabbing and holding me. Every time I tried to get off, the referee kept warning me for shots. ... At the end of the day, Robert fought a good fight and he got the win. If you want to do it again, we'll definitely do that.'' Guerrero landed 35 percent of his 731 punches, while Berto connected with 44 percent of his 411 blows, including 50 percent of his power punches. Guerrero dropped Berto with a left hand over Berto's defense and a series of additional left hands while a dazed Berto attempted to hold. Guerrero also appeared to use his right hand to keep Berto close during the flurry, but wasn't called for a hold. Berto went down again in the opening seconds of the second round when Berto connected with a body shot and a left uppercut. Berto, whose eye was injured by a left cross moments earlier, gathered himself and clutched his way through the rest of the round, although Berto's corner also complained about Guerrero's tactics. Berto picked up his aggression in the middle rounds, catching Guerrero with uppercuts and hooks. Both fighters traded big shots in the 12th round, which ended with Guerrero and Berto both claiming victory. ''He didn't hurt me at all,'' Guerrero said. ''I took some good shots from him. He's a strong guy, punched hard, but I've got a good chin.'' On the undercard, rising 154-pounder Keith Thurman battered Carlos Quintana and eventually stopped the veteran with 41 seconds left in the fourth round. Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs) knocked down Quintana in the first round with a hook to the body and never stopped pursuing Quintana, with referee Jack Briggs eventually stopping the bout with Quintana nearly out on his feet.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

PETA sends Warren Sapp vegan lobster following shark bite

Report: Josh McCown has looked better at times than RG3

Mike Trout does David Ortiz impersonation

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant set to help coach HS football


Tickets for ‘Monday Night Football’ game in Mexico sell out

Kevin Durant says he never told Russell Westbrook he was staying in OKC

God Shammgod hired by Mavericks as player development assistant

Soccer player terminates contract after being attacked by stray dogs

Todd Bowles confirms Ryan Fitzpatrick is Jets starting QB: ‘It’s his job’

Carmelo Anthony shocked Dwyane Wade left Miami for Chicago

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

Denard Robinson blames falling asleep at stoplight for pond crash

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Hue Jackson: Browns will give Josh Gordon a fresh start

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Week 3 will determine the Big Ten's reputation this season

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker