A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Guerrero wins a tough fight!
Updated: November 27, 2012
IOWA CITY, IOWA-–Robert” the Ghost” Guerrero faced Andre Berto in a crucial welterweight but before the two welterweight stars fought, Carlos Quintana challenged the undefeated prospect Keith Thurman.
Near the end of the first round, Thurman nailed Quintana with a solid body shot that nearly paralyzed Quintana but Quintana managed to beat the count and the bell saved him. Over the next two rounds, Quintana moved away from the heavy punching Thurman, who occasionally landed vicious body shots.
In the fourth round, Thurman started with two rights and a left hook that sent Quintana to the rope and Quintana fought back for brief ten seconds before Thurman landed two more rights which forced Quintana across the ring and two rights sent Quintana eyes rolling back in his head. This led the referee to stop the fight. Thurman looked good against a veteran who has beaten some solid fighters in his own right and I doubt there will be a lot of welterweights and quite a few junior Middleweights not to anxious to meet him.
For the main event, a former featherweight champion Guerrero fought his second fight as a welter weight against one of the more powerful welterweight fighters, Berto. With forty five seconds left in the first round, Berto nailed Guerrero with a right hand but Guerrero countered with two lefts to the body and head before a third left sent Berto to the canvas. Berto beat the count and survived the round but went back to the corner on wobbly legs. Berto hit the canvas the second round and Guerrero punches puffed up Berto’s eyes. Guerrero decided to turn the fight into a brawl and this negated Berto hand speed; this continued into the third round but at the end of the third round, Berto managed to land a couple of hard rights.
In the sixth round, Berto wobbled Guerrero with two rights as the round wound down but at the end of the seventh round, Guerrero hurt Berto with straight lefts at the end of the round that stunned Berto. Throughout the eighth round, both fighters simply nailed each other with body shots and head shots as blood flowed from each other nose. Berto kept nailing Guerrero with right uppercuts in the ninth round that started to swelled up Guerrero eyes. One upper cut sent Guerrero head up and sweat spraying and Berto concluded with a solid left hook to the body.
Going into the tenth round, Robert Guerrero right eye was swollen nearly shut and he told his dad, who doubled as his trainer; that he couldn’t see out of his eye. Berto eyes were swollen as well but after a dominating ninth round, he seemed determined to fight to the bitter end. The tenth round, like most of the fight, fought in close quarter as both fighters exchanged punches with Berto best shots his upper cut and Guerrero his left to the body.
In the eleventh round, Guerrero forced Berto to the rope but Berto fought off the rope with body shots and those potent uppercuts. With thirty seconds, Berto exploded with a left hook to the body and right to the head as Guerrero connected on a straight left. Berto followed up with two left hooks to the body and Guerrero ended the round with straight left.
Over the final three minutes, the two warriors demonstrated what championship fighting was all about. For one hundred eighty seconds, these two fighters stood toe to toe as they simply slugged each other with no stopping in the action. They kept fighting even after the bell as neither fighter could hear the bell ring; exchanging blows after blows.
Guerrero won the fight 116-110 and what carried him through the fight were both his activity and his two knockdowns of Berto in the first two rounds. Berto actually connected on fifty percent of his power punches and usually that is recipe for victory but those two knockdowns put Berto in the hole. Guerrero victory put him in line for a shot at Floyd Mayweather but Berto courage and performance showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with.