WBC interim welterweight champion, Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 knockouts), is set to face Andre Berto (28-1-0, 22 knockouts) on Nov. 24. The deal was confirmed by Guerrero’s co-manager, Luis DeCubas Jr., during a recent interview with Boxingscene.com.
“We have a deal in place to fight Berto,” DeCubas Jr. said. “Robert always said that he’s willing to fight anyone and I think it’s going to be a great fight. Robert and Andre Berto have agreed to USADA testing. They want to keep the sport clean. I expect a lot of action because both of these boxers come to fight. … I want to thank [Golden Boy Promotions CEO] Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy for their efforts in securing this great match. After we take care of business on November 24, the sky will be the limit and boxing will have a new superstar.”
Guerrero and Berto will fight for the WBC welterweight title at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
A little while ago, Robert Guerrero, tried to secure a fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, but “Desert Storm” didn’t seem interested in the matchup. Fortunately for Guerrero, a matchup against Berto is even better, as a win against a big welterweight like Andre will help “The Ghost” prove once and for all that he belongs in the division. Guerrero will also get the big payday he’s been looking for, as both men will walk away with seven-figure purses.
Berto hasn’t been inside the ring since his Sept. 2011 win against Jan Zaveck, but I don’t think the long layoff will affect his performance against Guerrero. Andre will be highly motivated to reclaim the WBC welterweight title — which he lost to Victor Ortiz in 2011 — and I expect fireworks when the two square up inside the ring.
Skill wise, Berto and Guerrero are eventually matched, so it’s hard to predict who’ll emerge victorious on Nov. 24. Guerrero might be the better technician, but Andre’s devastating power might prove to be too much for “The Ghost.”
Competitiveness usually leads to an entertaining fight, and I don’t think it’ll be any different with Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero.
Rick Reeno, “Guerrero-Berto Deal in Place For 11/24, Says DeCubas”
Lem Satterfield, “Guerrero-Berto ‘done’ for HBO on Nov. 24”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.