Guerrero: I can’t wait to get in the ring with Berto
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) is looking forward to his defense of his interim title tonight against former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) in Ontario, California. Guerrero thinks he can beat Berto with pressure and high volume punching. He’s going to try both of those strategies tonight to beat him and move forward with his career.
Guerrero said on his twitter “Can’t wait to get in the ring tomorrow to take care of business.”
The reality is much harder because Berto is not the easiest of opponents, and he’s not going to let Guerrero win without a tremendous fight. Berto is a slight favorite due to his better power, size and superior experience against welterweight competition. Guerrero has only fought once at 147, and that was his 12 round decision win over Selcuk Aydin last July, in a fight where Guerrero slapped his way to a points decision. Aydin had much better power, but he blew his chance to win the fight by failing to fight in more constant pace. Aydin fought in brief spurts and this allowed Guerrero to take command of the fight and stay in control throughout.
Guerrero is going to have to try and find some answers for Berto’s speed and power. He’s to much quicker and stronger than Guerrero that it’s going to be really tough for him to win rounds that way. Berto’s shots are so fast and with so much power that it’s going to be difficult for Guerrero to compete.
Berto probably won’t be able to score a knockout over Guerrero because of how good of a chin Guerrero has. But I see it possible for Berto win a wide decision if he can avoid fading like he did in his loss to Victor Ortiz last year. Berto really ran out of gas in that fight and spent the better part of the second half of the fight with his back against the ropes, throwing occasional wild shots.