MANILA, Philippines – Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero outpointed Andre Berto over 12 brutal rounds to retain the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim welterweight title Saturday in California (Sunday in Manila).
In only his second fight at welterweight, Guerrero showed not only his power but also his granite chin against Berto, a former welterweight champion.
All three judges scored in favor of Guerrero, 116-110 across the board, making him the winner via unanimous decision.
Guerrero dropped Berto in the final minute of the first round and again in the second, putting the former champion on the defensive.
Berto was able to fight his way back in the middle rounds, but Guerrero was able to continuously put him in trouble with constant pressure on the inside.
According to Boxing Scene, the ninth round was Berto’s best of the night, as he connected with uppercuts to Guerrero. But “The Ghost” showed that he had a great chin as he took Berto’s best punches.
The final rounds were close, though Guerrero was the busier fighter and even continued to come for Berto after the final bell.
Following the fight, both of Berto’s eyes were nearly shut. It was only his second career loss, with both defeats coming by decision. Berto was previously outpointed by Victor Ortiz in 2011.
Guerrero improved his record to 31 wins against only one loss, with one draw and two no contests.