Robert Guerrero-Andre Berto: WHO DO YA LIKE?

BY The Sweet Science ON October 23, 2012
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bert-guerreroLOS ANGELES (October 23) - One of the biggest fights of 2012 is coming to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, November 24 when former Two-Time Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto faces Four-Division and Six-Time World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero.

This 12-round matchup, a surefire "Fight of the Year" candidate, will air live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The event will also feature two compelling co-featured bouts with unbeaten rising star Keith "One Time" Thurman facing his toughest test to date when he takes on former World Champion Carlos Quintana in a junior middleweight showdown and WBA Interim Lightweight World Champion Richar Abril taking unbeaten WBA #3 rated lightweight contender Sharif "The Lion" Bogere for the vacant WBA Lightweight World Championship.

"I'm happy to be back and to be fighting someone as talented as Robert Guerrero," said Berto. "It's a great challenge for me to face one of the best coming off of my layoff. I know I have the ability to be the best in my division and in the sport, and proving that to everyone starts with this fight."

"I am looking forward to this opportunity and it will be a nice way to spend the holiday weekend doing what I love to do which is to fight," said Guerrero. "Berto has proven himself over the years as one of the best, but I am confident that I will come out on top and close out 2012 with a big win. I have a lot to be thankful for in my life and a win over Berto over Thanksgiving weekend will be one more thing to add to that list."

"There are a lot of fighters saying they are the best, but not everyone is willing to prove it in the ring," said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero put on a show every time they step through the ropes and I'm excited that they'll be putting on a show against each other on November 24. On Thanksgiving weekend, I'll be giving thanks that we have a great fight between two of the best young fighters in the world and I know they'll be giving everything they have to walk out of that ring victorious."

"Fight fans can add to the enjoyment of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with this action-packed World Championship Boxing tripleheader," said Kery Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports. "Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero will be primed for the main event showdown and we think boxing fans are in for a real treat."

"Citizens Business Bank Arena, managed by AEG Facilities and the City of Ontario, is extremely pleased to have been selected by Golden Boy Promotions to be the host venue for this exciting boxing event," said Steve Eckerson, General Manager of Citizens Business Bank Arena. "The Inland Empire is a great market and will certainly support this great night of boxing."

Berto vs.Guerrero, a 12-round welterweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. Also featured will be a junior middleweight bout between rising star Keith Thurman and former World Champion Carlos Quintana and a 12-round battle between WBA Interim Lightweight World Champion Richar Abril and number 3 rated WBA lightweight contender Sharif Bogere for the vacant WBA Lightweight World Championship. The event will take place at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale and available for purchase by calling (888) 9AXS TIX (888-929-7849), at Citizens Business Bank Arena box office or online at www.cbbankarena.com or www.axs.com.

A 2004 Olympian for Haiti, Winter Haven, Florida's Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO's) has been among the top welterweights in the world for years, starting in 2008, when he won the WBC 147-pound title with a seventh round technical knockout win over Miguel Angel Rodriguez. After five successful defenses, Berto lost the title in his 2011 "Fight of the Year" battle against Victor Ortiz, but the 29-year-old bounced back with a fifth round stoppage over Jan Zaveck in his next bout to capture the IBF Welterweight World Championship, proving that he was still amongst the elite at 147 lbs. On November 24, he'll look to continue to make that fact evident against a Four Division and Six-Time World Champion in Guerrero.

The pride of Gilroy, California, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO's) is a Four-Division World Champion who may prove to be more dangerous than ever now that he can concentrate one hundred percent on his boxing career. With his wife Casey healthy after a battle with leukemia and Guerrero's shoulder surgery a thing of the past, the 29-year-old southpaw got back to work in July with a hard-fought 12 round win over previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin that earned him the WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship. Now he's looking forward to closing out the year with another big win over former World Champion Berto.

A one-punch knockout artist who has ended 12 fights in two rounds or less, Clearwater, Florida's Keith "One Time" Thurman (18-0, 17 KO's) brings excitement every time he steps through the ropes. Fully healed from injuries that kept him sidelined in 2011, the 23-year-old returned with a fury in 2012, stopping Christopher Fernandez, Brandon Hoskins and Orlando Lora in succession to extend his knockout streak to seven. On November 24, he faces his toughest opponent yet in former World Champion Carlos Quintana.

Still dangerous at age 35, Moca, Puerto Rico's Carlos "El Indio" Quintana (29-3, 23 KO's) has found new life in the junior middleweight division, where he has scored technical knockout victories over Yoryi Estrella and Deandre Latimore in his last two fights. The owner of wins over Paul Williams and Joel Julio and having faced Miguel Cotto and Andre Berto, former WBO Welterweight World Champion Quintana has the skills and experience to find out whether Thurman is the real deal on November 24.

Thirty-year-old Richar Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO's) was fairly unknown outside of diehard fight circles heading into 2012, but when the Cuban-born resident of Miami, Florida took on highly-touted Brandon Rios for the WBA Lightweight Title in April of this year, he quickly became better known. Although Abril lost a split decision to Rios that night, the boxing media and fans around the world voiced their displeasure, calling it one of the worst decisions ever. On November 24, Abril rightfully gets another shot at the title, this time against Sharif Bogere.

Uganda native Sharif "The Lion" Bogere (23-0, 15 KO's) was a five-time African champion in his amateur days, and he's eager to add some professional gold to his trophy case on November 24. An aggressive contender with impressive power, the 24-year-old who now makes his home in Las Vegas has impressed fight fans with wins over Ray Beltran, Francisco Contreras, Sergio Rivera and Manuel Leyva, putting him in prime position for a shot at the world title.

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

I just don't know how good of a bout Berto-Guerrero will be. The jury is still out for now. Holla!

deepwater says:

quintana stil has some skill. he whooped long tall paul. I favor the ghost. berto might not be the same being off of the steroids now.

amayseng says:

been saying for years berto is hyped beyond belief, ortiz whooped him and out boxed him.

the ghost is a true boxer who will have little difficulty with berto...

as boxers mature and improve berto fails to improve...

also like deepwater said, being off peds will have a negative affect on berto...

ghost wins 8 rounds or more..

no surprise if ghost gets berto out of there either

deepwater says:

why is this card in canada? any fighters on the card from canada? that crafty swiss banker is probably avoiding us taxes or something. good for him. canada isnt much but at least it gave us the best movie of all time. strange brew. lmao

Radam G says:

Don't believe that he will be off PEDs, amayseng. Dude is just going to be on a different one that will show up within Cali regulations. After all, Cali cleared him to get licensed when no other state would. By nature, boxing is banana crooked and everybodee and dey momma keep going apesyet when the cheat is discovered. But they are all right even when cheaters fight. Holla!

Radam G says:

Don't believe that he will be off PEDs, amayseng. Dude is just going to be on a different one that will show up within Cali regulations. After all, Cali cleared him to get licensed when no other state would. By nature, boxing is banana crooked and everybodee and dey momma keep going apesyet when the cheat is discovered. But they are all right even when cheaters fight. Holla!

ali says:

been saying for years berto is hyped beyond belief, ortiz whooped him and out boxed him.

the ghost is a true boxer who will have little difficulty with berto...

as boxers mature and improve berto fails to improve...

also like deepwater said, being off peds will have a negative affect on berto...

ghost wins 8 rounds or more..

no surprise if ghost gets berto out of there either


I think the ghost is the biggest hype job in boxing today. This will be his 2nd fight at 147 and he didn't look good in his 1st one. Berto is coming off a long lay off but he will still be too fast and strong for the hoax I mean the ghost.

amayseng says:

I think the ghost is the biggest hype job in boxing today. This will be his 2nd fight at 147 and he didn't look good in his 1st one. Berto is coming off a long lay off but he will still be too fast and strong for the hoax I mean the ghost.


well hype how ali? ghost is a skilled fundamental boxer with good buzzing power..
not only did he move up two weight classes last fight, but he was also inactive for a very long time and coming off of one of the worst injuries and difficult rehabs there is in the shoulder surgery..
i should know something about that being a therapist, i have been rehabbing shoulders for 8 years...

ghost will still have a bit of rust but it wont be enough to deter him from beating berto.

amayseng says:

Don't believe that he will be off PEDs, amayseng. Dude is just going to be on a different one that will show up within Cali regulations. After all, Cali cleared him to get licensed when no other state would. By nature, boxing is banana crooked and everybodee and dey momma keep going apesyet when the cheat is discovered. But they are all right even when cheaters fight. Holla!


agreed radam, the bicep tear was a clear indication besides the peds test showing positive that berto has been juicing for some time....
muscles become stronger but ligaments and tendons do not grow and are unable to handle the increased torque provided from the muscles...so something gives...
and cali dont care, with that economy they welcome any money.....

SouthPaul says:

why is this card in canada? any fighters on the card from canada? that crafty swiss banker is probably avoiding us taxes or something. good for him. canada isnt much but at least it gave us the best movie of all time. strange brew. lmao


Its being held in Ontario Ca. Pretty nice area, lovely surrounding views of the mountains. It's built up over the years but use to once be a thriving area for grape vineyards. Nearby city would be RAncho Cucamonga and Fontana. Hop, skip , and a jump from me so I'll likely attend. I like Berto on points maybe possibly late stoppage. His superior speed, power, and athletic ability will keep him several steps ahead of the Ghost.

ali says:

well hype how ali? ghost is a skilled fundamental boxer with good buzzing power..
not only did he move up two weight classes last fight, but he was also inactive for a very long time and coming off of one of the worst injuries and difficult rehabs there is in the shoulder surgery..
i should know something about that being a therapist, i have been rehabbing shoulders for 8 years...

ghost will still have a bit of rust but it wont be enough to deter him from beating berto.[/QUOT
Im pretty sure Berto is going to KO Guerrero. You say he's skillful I DON'T SEE IT!! He's a soild fighter but he's not ready to beat guys like Berto at 147 be we will see.

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