Berto is once again world champion
Andre Berto regained a portion of the world welterweight title on Saturday night by forcing a stoppage of champion Jan Zaveck after five rounds at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Little over four months ago Victor Ortiz scored a surprise 12 round unanimous decision over the 27 year-old American to claim the WBC 147lbs crown but Berto dominated Zaveck from beginning to end by pounding him with multi punch combinations to both body and head.
Berto, who improved his record to 28-2-(22), inflicted a deep cut upon Zaveck’s right eyelid with a left hook in the fifth round. After the round was completed Zaveck’s cornermen attempted to close the cut but a ringside doctor advised the referee to calla halt to the fight and Berto was crowned champion. Zaveck falls to 31-2-(18).
Speaking after the fight an understandably delighted Berto said:. "I wanted to come out and make a statement.
Regarding the victory over Zaveck Berto added: "It was so-so. It was my first fight coming back. I was nervous. I had some big expectations coming back. It was a strong victory."
On the undercard unbeaten IBO super middleweight champ Thomas Oosthuizen, 16-0-1-(11), floored Aaron Pryor, Jr.,16-4-(11), in round three before going to outscore Pryor unanimously 117-111 on all three judges cards cards.
Former WBO light-welterweight champ and IBF #2 welterweight Randall Bailey won a rountine 10 round unanimous decision over Yoryi Estrella. Bailey dropped Estrella in the fifth round with an uppercut before securing a wide 100-89 twice and 98-91 points win.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. was another boxer to score a rather dull and routine unanimous decision win when out-pointed Leonilo Miranda over eight rounds The scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-72.
Featherweight Luis Del Valle stopped Anthony Napunyi after 1:21 of round three, lightweight Ivan Redkach stopped Vernon Alston in round three and welterweight Gerald Jordan defeated the previously unbeaten Sergio Vartanov by six round majority decision. The scores were 58-55, 59-54 Jordan, 58-56 Vartanov.
September 3, 2011