When: November 24, 2012
What: 12 rounds - Welterweight division
Why: Interim WBC Welterweight Title
Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) will be facing interim WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) on November 24th in the main event of an HBO-televised tripleheader at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The winner of Guerrero vs. Berto will be in prime position at 147 pounds to land a major fight, whether it's the dream date against Floyd Mayweather, or other lucrative opportunities.
Andre Berto hasn't fought since September 3, 2011, when he defeated Jan Zaveck in Mississippi. He had two rematch dates with Victor Ortiz lined up for this year, but injured his shoulder ahead of the February date, and then failed a VADA drug test ahead of the rescheduled night in July.
Berto, of Winter Haven, Fla., claimed the positive test was from inadvertent contamination and, in August, he was tested by the California commission, came up clean and was issued a license.
Robert Guerrero, 29, of Gilroy, Calif., currently holds the interim WBC welterweight title, which will likely be bumped to full status. Floyd Mayweather currently has the full title, but hasn't defended it since beating Victor Ortiz for the belt in September 2011.
Guerrero, is coming off a 15-month layoff after surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff when he outfought top-10 contender Selcuk Aydin in a grueling fight to win a vacant interim belt at 147 pounds. He has been calling out all the big names, from Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on down, and pushed hard for a fight against Timothy Bradley before moving in this direction.
While the physical stats may show that these men are each 5'8" with a 70" reach, give or take a bit, don't be fooled into thinking that they're actually equal in stature. Berto is as good a test as you can get when it comes to stepping up, Berto is not one to over look, he has the power that will test Guerrero’s chin and Berto has been in with better competition.
Guerrero has only fought twice above the Lightweight limit of 135 pounds, and has competed at Featherweight for the bulk of his career. His lengthy frame has allowed him to continue moving up in weight, however, Berto should hold a substantial edge in strength and punching power.
Therefore, Guerrero vs. Berto has all the makings of an exciting clash, and a meaningful test in the careers of two top fighters angling to get ahead. It's the type of high-risk, high-reward bout between fighters in their primes which boxing fans are always clamoring to see.
Also scheduled for the tripleheader: interim lightweight titlist Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KOs), who lost a highly controversial decision to Brandon Rios in April, will face Uganda native Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15 KOs) and prospect Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KOs) will face former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs) of Puerto Rico.
Opening Boxing Lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook - Robert Guerrero ( +170 ) Vs. Andre Berto ( -210 ).
The current Interim WBC Welterweight Championship boxing line has Andre Berto as the boxing favorite at -210, meaning you have to risk $210 to $100. Carl Froch is this fights underdog, that has value at +170, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $170. Current odds.
Total Rounds Betting
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. The current total rounds betting line has the Over 9.5 Rounds ( -240 ). Meaning that if you think the fight is going to go to at least 10 rounds for you to win your bet. You will need to bet $240 to win $100. The Under 9.5 Rounds ( +200 ), meaning you need to risk $100 to win $200.
The opening line on Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto Over/Under is at 9.5 Rounds with the Over at -240 Odds at Bookmaker.eu.
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Robert Guerrero knocked down Andre Berto twice on the way to a unanimous-decision victory in a welterweight bout on Saturday night. Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) floored the former 147-pound champion in the first round and again in the second round before persevering through a physically punishing bout. All three judges scored the fight 116-110 for The Ghost, as he notched the biggest win of his professional career to date.
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