By Nick Bellafatto Ringside
In the main event of the evening from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California in what amounted to one of the ugliest bouts in recent memory with grappling, borderline blows, hip shots, rabid punches and the like, former featherweight and junior lightweight world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) of Gilroy, California would prevail after twelve completed rounds of boxing.
Registering the unanimous decision victory over returning Winter Haven, Florida resident and two-time 147 pound titlist Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO’s), the final tallies would read 116-110 all the way around, as “The Ghost” would maintain his WBC welterweight interim title to remain in the Mayweather sweepstakes.
Building an early lead on the scorecards with knockdowns both in the first and second rounds as well as causing Berto’s left eye to nearly close at this juncture, it was clear that Guerrero’s strategy from this point forward would be to smother the Haitian fighter and outwork him at close quarters. With Robert quite successful in his approach, Berto made many a round close as well as questionable in that Andre in tight would land many hard head snapping uppercuts and hooks.
But relentless in his game plan, Guerrero would continue on, wading through what his hard punching adversary had to offer up to in the end finish with a hard flurry that would continue on after the final bell. In the end, the faces of both men resembled the type of fight they had just been involved in, an all-out street fight. More to come.
Thurman stops Quintana
In the co-main event, still undefeated and new NABO junior middleweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman of Clearwater, Florida would improve to 19-0 with 18 KO’s after battering and bruising former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana of Moca, Puerto Rico over the course of nearly four complete rounds. The stoppage came at 2:19 of the fourth as Quintana falls to 29-4, 23 KO’s.
From the opening bell Thurman was obviously the harder puncher, who on a mission to seek and destroy would drop the Puerto Rican towards the close of round 1 with a pulverizing liver shot from which Quintana would barely beat the count. For the next three rounds Carlos was in flight mode, doing his best to counter in the face of the ever pressing Thurman who continued to land thudding shots, mainly to the body.
Then came the fourth and what would be final round, where Thurman in administering a double right uppercut, would initiate the beginning of the end for Quintana who was out on his feet and by this time ready to go. With referee Jack Reiss subsequently allowing the action to continue, Carlos would receive further punishment, as the undefeated Floridian with further pulverizing shots would drive his foe across the ring and on the ropes to pound away, finally prompting Reiss to intervene on Quintana’s behalf. The time was 2:19 of round four.