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Boxing | International

Robert Guerrero © Reuters Images

The Ghost beats Berto on points



Robert Guerrero settled for a points victory over Andre Berto on Saturday night to retain his WBC interim welterweight title.

“The Ghost” won by 116-110 in each of the three cards of the bout in Ontario, California.

Berto was knocked down in the first and second rounds but fought back to take the fight into a memorable twelfth round in which the spectators made so much noise that the referee was unable to hear the final bell.

Guerrero, a former four-division world champion, and Berto, a former WBC and IBF champion, produced a highly entertaining fight.

"I did tell Andre I was going to beat him down, so I had to be a man of my word," Guerrero said. "I had to get on the inside and work his body. I knew I had to turn it in with him because he has fast hands."

Sapa-AFP reports that Berto said he was inhibited by repeated warnings from the referee.

"The referee kept calling me for a lot of different things. He just made me real timid to do a lot of things; throw punches I wanted to throw inside," said Berto, who finished the fight with both eyes swollen nearly shut.

"I didn't understand it," Berto said. "He was coming in and holding me and the referee kept warning me. I came back after 14 months, and fought a good guy in Guerrero."

Berto's right eye began swelling early in the first, after Guerrero hit him with a straight left. In the later rounds, Berto caught Guerrero with some punishing uppercuts, but Guerrero seemed unfazed.

"He didn't hurt me at all," said Guerrero, who also had one eye swollen by the end of the bout. "I took some great shots from him. He's a strong guy, punches hard, but I've got a good chin."

Taking his record to 31-1-1, including 18 knockouts, Guerrero took some damaging blows on his way to victory. He must have thought Berto (now 28-2; 22) would go down again in the final round, but his opponent kept fighting back.

Guerrero may soon be declared the WBC’s “full” welterweight champion. The title belongs to Floyd Mayweather, who won it in September last year but has not defended it.

UNDERCARD RESULTS

Keith Thurman stopped Carlos Quintana, a former WBO champion, in the fourth round of a welterweight bout, taking his record to 19-0, including 18 knockouts.

Quintana, who dropped to 29-4; 23, was down in the opening round and the bout was over 2 minutes 19 seconds into the fourth.

Jermell Charlo beat Dashon Johnson on points – 98-91, 99-90 and 100-89 – in a junior middle-weight bout.

Charlo’s record now stands at 19-0, with 9 knockouts. Johnson dropped to 13-9-3; 4.

In a featherweight preliminary, Randy Caballero beat Rigoberto Casillas, who was unable to come out for the fourth round. Caballero improved to 17-0; 9 and Casillas dropped to 8-9-1; 6.



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