As previously reported by FightHype.com, it looks like former welterweight champion Andre Berto will indeed be going ghostbusting on his November 24 date, choosing to face WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero instead of a previously discussed showdown with IBF jr. middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage. Sources originally informed us several days ago that both sides entered into serious discussions after a buzz was created about Berto and Guerrero when they were both mentioned as potential opponents for WBO welterweight Timothy Bradley. Earlier today, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer revealed that a deal had indeed been reached.
"Guerrero verus Berto is done. It's going to happen on November 24 from Ontario, California," Schaefer would explain to Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com. "They have a venue called the Citizens Business Bank Arena, which is owned and operated by A.E.G., the same people who own The Staples Center." As part of the deal, both fighters will also participate in random blood and urine testing to be conducted by USADA. "Both fighters have agreed to USADA drug testing," Schaefer added. "USADA is the gold standard when it comes to drug testing and that's what both fighters have agreed to."
Guerrero is coming off of a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over the tough and previously undefeated Selcuk Aydin. It was his welterweight debut and his first fight back after more than a year-long layoff following shoulder surgery. Likewise, Berto hasn't fought in over year, scoring a 5th round stoppage of former welterweight champion Jan Zaveck back in September of 2011. He was originally scheduled to face former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz this past July in a highly-anticipated rematch, but the bout was canceled after Berto tested positive for a banned substance.
It's a fight that makes sense for both fighters. Guerrero, for a while now, has been pleading his case for an opportunity to face undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather. An impressive showing against Andre Berto could be just what he needs to strengthen that cause. After all, it's essentially what got Victor Ortiz his opportunity. For Berto, it's a chance for redemption against a man who is currently sitting in the mandatory position to Mayweather's title. Although a victory may not land him that coveted assignment, due mainly to the fact that they share the same advisor in Al Haymon, it will certainly put him back in the discussion of the top fighters in the division.