Andre Berto stops Victor Ortiz in 4
By Joseph Correa
Former welterweight world champions Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz met in a rematch of their 2011 fight of the year match up. Early on saw both men feeling one another out and not committing to anything. Late in round 1, both men came together and their heads clashed causing a gash on the forehead of Ortiz.
Round 2 saw Ortiz step things up a bit landing sharp straight left hands to the chin of Berto controlling the distance and outboxing his opponent. Berto seemed hesitant, fighting very tight not letting his hands go. Late in round 2 Ortiz dropped Berto with a beautiful straight left to punctuate the round.
Round 4 was explosive with Berto landing his signature right uppercut, dropping Ortiz 30 seconds into the round. Ortiz was able to beat the count but was badly hurt. Berto dropped Ortiz for a second time later in the round and this time Ortiz was unable to beat the count. Referee Jack Reiss asked Ortiz several times if he was able to continue and did not get a response from the fighter prompting him to waive the bout to a halt.
Andre Berto stated after the fight that this was the most satisfying win of his career. This win sets him up for potential big fights going forward. A potential clash with current WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia may be on the horizon.
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