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GUERRERO ROUGHS UP AND BATTERS BERTO TO WIN UNANIMOUS DECISION

By Ben Thompson | November 24, 2012
GUERRERO ROUGHS UP AND BATTERS BERTO TO WIN UNANIMOUS DECISION

WBC interim champion Robert Guerrero proved to be too rough and too tough for former champion Andre Berto, battering and bruising him over the course of 12 rounds to score a unanimous decision. The difference in speed didn't see to bother Guerrero at all, as he took the fight to Berto from the start. Berto appeared to be doing his best Floyd Mayweather impersonation as he tried to hide behind his left shoulder, but a left hand straight down the pipe from Guerrero rocked him early. As Berto tried to hold on, two follow-up left hands from Guerrero dropped him in the first round of the fight.

Things got uglier for Berto immediately in the second round, as Guerrero continued to rough him up, busting up his right eye badly before dropping him with an uppercut for the second time of the fight. To his credit, Berto would battle back, but Guerrero continued to rough him up against the ropes. Although Berto would mount somewhat of a rally in the middle rounds, Guerrero continued to find a home for his left hand and simply outworked him on the inside. Another series of left uppercuts from Guerrero would have Berto hurt again and holding on in the 7th round, but again, he would rally back at the end of the round, as both fighters traded shots in close quarters against the ropes. Ultimately though, it was Guerrero who landed the bigger and harder shots that had Berto wobbling to his corner at the end of the round.

Despite a badly swollen left and right eye and being way down on the scorecards, Berto still tried to battle back with sharp uppercuts and right hands, but Guerrero continued to press forward, closing out the championship rounds with his relentless pressure. In the end, both men had swollen eyes after raging a war of attrition, but it was Guerrero who got the nod from the judges when all three official scorecards read 116-110.

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