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Andre Berto Stops Jan Zaveck in Five, Wins IBF Belt

By Edward Chaykovsky

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi - Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) stopped Jan Zaveck (31-21, 18KOs) in five rounds to capture the IBF welterweight title. Berto returns in his first fight since the April loss to Victor Ortiz.

Zaveck started fighting with more fire than we've seen in some of his previous fights. He was taking the fight to Berto, who responded well with a stiff jab and quick combos to the head and body.

The second round had good moments for both. Berto's punches were harder and seemed to do more damage, although Zaveck was landing his right hand well. During the third, they were trading a lot of punches on the inside. Berto was digging to the body at every opportunity. In the fourth, Berto was landing his inside uppercut often and then followed them up with body shots.

Zaveck rallied with a few punches at the start of the fifth. They were trading uppercuts on the inside as Berto trapped Zaveck against the ropes. Zaveck's right eye was busted open and swelling bad from a hard combination. And then his left eye suffered a small cut in the same round.

The doctor stopped the fight before Zaveck was able to come out for the sixth round. Zaveck's face was a bloody mess and the cuts on both eyes were bad, with the right eye swelling very bad.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 09-04-2011

It was a good fight even with the flaws. Zaveck did a lot of covering up and Berto took some good shots from him.

Comment by mshap on 09-04-2011

yes, the old and the 'new' Berto are exactly the same -- excellent action fighter, great hand speed, good power, good competitive instincts, no defense, easy to hit, questionable stamina and undisciplined on offense

Comment by Ringlife on 09-04-2011

I am not a Berto fan but he looked like the old Berto last night.

Comment by Trapped Bird on 09-04-2011

[QUOTE=mshap;11082585]feel bad for Zaveck because he was doing very well -- seemed to take Berto's punches well and was countering effectively -- Berto seemed to be getting more bothered by Zaveck's punches in the last 2 rounds and appeared to…

Comment by richardt on 09-04-2011

[QUOTE=WESS;11082337]If JMM gives Pac any problems dont be surprised if Bob protects his child from anymore defensive counter punchers..QUOTE] Go get some mental help for your Pac obsession. Bob didn't protect Pac from one of the best counter-punchers of the…

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