Ortiz Stuns Berto With
In Fight That Saw Both Down Twice
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
Victor Ortiz (now
29-2-2, 22 KO's) captured the WBC Welterweight Title in
an upset over previously unbeaten Andre Berto. This was
Ortiz's first fight up at welterweight and he passed
with flying colors. The fight did show some big
fireworks for the first half, but whimpered away for the
second half as Berto buckled under the heavy pressure.
In round 1, a big right hand from Ortiz sent Berto down
for the first time in the fight, and half the audience
out of their seats in shock. Berto did not look good as
staggered to the corner after the round.
In round 2, Berto landed
a counter right of his own that sent Ortiz staggering
with his glove touching the canvas in result of a
In round 3 and 4, Berto was strictly told to stay off
the ropes and to use combinations. Berto didn't follow
his corners instruction at all, nor through the rest of
the fight, as he fought off the ropes, inviting Ortiz in
In round 6, another big
right hand from Berto landed flush on Ortiz's face,
sending him down for the second time. Ortiz was on
extremely wobbly legs, looking ready to go. With just
nine seconds left in the round, a monster left hook from
Ortiz in an exchange sent Berto down for the second time
himself. Berto was slow getting to his feet. A definite
candidate for round of the year.
For the rest of the fight, Berto showed very little
desire to stand in the center of the ring and trade, nor
use his boxing ability. He simply allowed Ortiz to take
the fight from him as he laid on the ropes, often
holding, only throwing a wild right hand to try to score
a knockout. Berto did not show the strengths of a
champion under the constant pressure, while Ortiz was
constantly moving forward, always throwing.
A point was deducted from Ortiz in round 10 for hitting
behind the head which was more so due to Berto bending
over constantly and holding, unwilling to exchange.
Final scores were
115-110, 114-112 and 114-111.
Berto drops to 27-1 with 21 KO's.