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Guerrero wins war against Berto

By Rocco Morales and David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In a punishing 12 round slugfest, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18KO) retained his WBC interim welterweight title over former champion, Andre Berto (28-2, 22KO) with a unanimous decision victory at the Citizens Busines Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Guerrero had Berto on the deck in each the first and second round but Berto battled back to make a war of it and had landed plenty of damaging punches of his own, primarily the uppercut and a clubbing right hand. In an epic 12th round, the two went toe to toe until Guerrero finally seemed to get the better of Berto and finished the fight strongly with Berto staggered and, with the crowd in a frenzy, the referee was unable to hear the bell and a ringside official had to rush in the ring to stop the fight. All three judges scored the bout 116-110 in favor of Guerrero.

In the co-main event of the evening, a 10 round bout for the vacant NABO junior middleweight belt, Keith Thurman (19-0, 18KO) impressively knocked out former champion, Carlos Quintana at 2:19 of the fourth round. Thurman very nearly was able to close the show in the first round when a vicious left hook to the body dropped Quintana for a nine count. For the remainder of the fight, Thurman was the hunter and Quintana was the prey until late in the second round Thurman badly hurt Quintana who seemed on the verge of a vicioius knockout when he was mercifully saved by the referee from further punishment.

Jr middleweight Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9KO) won a unanimous decision victory over Dashon Johnson (13-9-3, 4KO) in what was a lackluster fight for the first 6.5 rounds before a foul by Johnson who threw Charlo hard to the floor brought out the fight in both of them. Referee, David Denkin, deducted a point from Johnson who seemed to be buying himself time after being stunned by some connecting punches from Charlo. Judges scored the bout 98-91, 99-90 and 100-89 in favor of Charlo.

Randy Caballero (17-0, 9KO) threw everything but the kitchen sink at Rigoberto Casillas (8-9-1, 6KO) but only the California State Athletic Commission could stop the lion hearted Casillas who refused to go down despite being hit with highlight reel punch after highlight reel punch. At the advice of the ringside doctor, the bout was stopped prior to the start of the fourth round making Caballero the TKO victor in what was a scheduled eight round junior featherweight bout.

Despite scoring four knockdowns and an ultimate knockout victory, former USA #1 rated Super Heavyweight amateur standout, Dominic Breazeale (2-0, 2KO), still managed to look less than impressive over his much smaller opponent, Mike Bissett (1-1, 1KO). Bissette managed to win the first 2.5 minutes of the opening round and had no trouble finding Breazeale with power shots to the head before Breazeale woke up and put Bissett on the deck twice in the first round and twice more in the second round before referee, David Denkin waved off the bout at 1:17 of the second round.

In opening bout action, a scheduled four round featherweight bout, Manny Robles Jr. (3-0, 2KO) took target practice at hard to miss Misael Martinez (0-7) and repeatedly landed a thudding right cross to the head of Martinez. Robles trapped Martinez in the corner and unleashed a flurry of punches that left the referee with little choice but to stop the bout at 2:15 of the first round making Robles the TKO winner.

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