Guerrero Defeats Berto in American Welterweight Clash
Guerrero's WBC World Interim Welterweight strap was on the line
as the 29-year-old Mexican-born California southpaw looked to
cement his full WBC credentials against Miami-based
Haitian-American Andre Berto, also 29.
The two men stepped into the Citizens Business Bank Arena ring
for an important clash. Guerrero walked away with a UD victory,
giving Berto a second loss on his record and keeping his own defeat
tally to one (until he met Floyd Mayweather Jr the next year).
Guerrero Has Marched Through The Divisions
Nicknamed "The Ghost", the Mexican southpaw had previously held
IBF honours at feather and super-featherweight before winning the
interim WBA and WBO World Lightweight crowns.
celebrates his 2011 WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight title win over
His next move was a vast one, stepping up to the 147lb division
after 15 months away from the ring and defeating Selcuk Aydin with
a hardworking 12-round decision.
And then he beat Berto, a natural welterweight and former WBC
World champ, in what was one of the biggest challenges of his
Andre Berto Was Looking To Regain His Crown
For two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto, a shot at the interim
strap presented him with a chance to build his way back to full
Andre Berto knocks down Freddy Hernandez during a successful
The Haitian-American was a dominant force in the welterweight
division, winning the WBC crown in 2008 and defending it on several
However, in April 2011, Berto surrendered his WBC strap to
Victor Ortiz in a fiery encounter where both fighters were dropped
to the canvas and eventual winner Ortiz was docked a point in the
10th. The challenger still took a unanimous decision, and left
Berto with a first career defeat.
On the road to recovery, the 29-year-old had since beaten Jan
Zaveck to secure the IBF Welterweight title. He had hoped to add
the interim WBC to his honour roll but Guerrero ensured this wasn't