It is a slow weekend when it comes to combat sports, however tonite Ontario, California will play host to a welterweight fight between Andre Berto and Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero for an interim WBC title. Ricky Hatton also starts his comeback tonite, but he is a firm 4 to 1 favorite over his opponent Vyacheslav Senchenko. Meanwhile the line on Berto versus Guerrero indicates a close, competitive match with Berto slightly favored at -165 and the comeback on Guerrero being +130.
Berto was once one of boxing’s rising stars, but a loss to Victor Ortiz, the personal tragedy of the Haitian earthquake and a failed drug test and suspension have taken considerable gloss from his shine. He is more than a year removed from his last fight. Despite that, he sits at 29 years old, in his prime, with a record of 28-1. He is fighting at welterweight, where he has competed for years at a high level.
Guerrero is a high skill boxer who does not have a KO on his record since 2009. He made a name for himself in the Lightweight division, and this is only his second match at welterweight, which is a big jump. Guerrero is almost certainly going to have to win rounds and earn a decision in the eyes of the judges, as he is unlikely to KO Berto.
What makes it an interesting fight is that Berto’s layoff, ring rust and size may make ‘The Ghost’ live up to his nickname with his elusiveness. It will be interesting to see if Berto is made to miss, or if he can catch and hurt Guerrero.
Guerrero does have a tendency to get into dogfights, but he will want to avoid trading with Berto.
One of the reasons Guerrero moved up in weight is to get into the bigger fights and bigger paydays, and Berto is a stepping stone for him. Berto will actually make it a very solid test for Guerrero, but Guerrero has been calling out the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao for a couple of years now and he has his sights set on the big time. A win over Berto would help establish him as a welterweight, and possibly open the door to the big fights he wants.
This close to the fight, you probably like one fighter over the other already, but I am here to tell you two things – the fight is worth watching, and Guerrero is a live underdog. Enjoy!