By Francisco Salazar
StubHub Center, Carson, California - In a rematch of their 2011 'Fight of The Year' war, Andre Berto (31-4, 24KOs) got off floor to get revenge with a fourth round knockout of Victor Ortiz (31-6, 24KOs).
The pace started slow, with both fighters boxing. There was a clash of heads in the first round, with Ortiz suffering a bad gash around the hairline. Ortiz picked up the action in the second, using a good left hand to clock Berto several times. At the end of the second, a bloody Ortiz dropped Berto with a straight left. There was a much closer third with Ortiz still staying on the outside, boxing and looking for counters.
In the early part of the fourth, Berto dropped Ortiz hard with a huge uppercut. Ortiz got got up wobbling and Berto went for the kill. Berto went after him with big shots and Ortiz went down for a second time. Ortiz barely beat the count, but had no idea where he was and referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight.
ON THE UNDERCARD
In a light heavyweight contest, Edwin Rodriguez (28-2, 19KOs) fought fire with fire and was knocked out in two rounds by Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14KOs), who will likely faceWBC champion Adonis Stevenson in the coming months.
The came out throwing and landing huge bombs. Both fighters were rattled within the first three minutes, with Rodriguez the more shaken up of the two. The same took place in the second round, where Williams was hurt against the ropes but then came back to wobble Rodriguez. Both fighters were throwing huge shots with little regard for defense. Near the end of the second round, a huge counter shot dropped Rodriguez down hard on his back. He barely made it up and the referee waved it off.
Up and coming featherweight contender Jorge Lara (28-0-2, 20KOs) demolished former multi-division world champion Fernando Montiel (54-6-2, 38KOs) in the first round. Montiel was down and hurt three times, before a huge right hook sent Montiel down and out for a fourth knockdown and the referee waved it off quick.
Unbeaten junior middleweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha stopped Orlando Lora after the seventh round. After a few rounds, Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) began letting his hands go, scoring often on the slower Lora. Anytime Lora mounted any offense, Gausha easily countered him to the head, particularly with left hooks. Lora (31-7-2, 19 KOs) had to deal with Gausha's quicker hands and a cut over his left eye, which likely prompted his corner to tell referee Zac Young to stop the fight after the seventh round.
In a competitive back-and-forth slugfest, lightweights Adan Mares and Jesus Aguinaga (4-3-1) fought to a draw over six rounds. Mares (14-1-3, 3 KOs), who is the younger brother of Abner, seemed to tire as the bout progressed into the second half of the fight. Both fighters were cut over their eyes, with Mares looking the worse for wear. All three judges scored the bout 57-57.
Junior welterweight Luis Bello (7-4, 3 KOs) scored a first round knockout over Darryol Humphrey. The fight was stopped at 2:59 as Humphrey (2-5) was dropped for the second and final time.
Welterweight Anthony Flores (11-0, 7 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Carson Jones. Flores dropped Jones (12-5, 6 KOs) in the second round. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Flores, 60-53, 60-53, and 59-54.
In the opening bout, Manny Robles (10-0, 4 KOs) decisioned Rafael Reyes over six rounds. Reyes (7-7, 6 KOs) was deducted a point for a low blow during the bout. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Robles, 59-54, 59-54, and 60-53.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing