By Mark Vester
At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-2, 16KOs). The scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 118-110 for Berto.
The difference in speed was clear in the first. Berto used his quick hands to shoot the jab and land hard right hands off the jab. In the second, it was more of the same. Urango was open for the punches but he took them very well. It was more of a fight in the third and a real brawl began to take place in the fourth. Berto used his speed to stand land three punches to every punch thrown by Urango when the two of them stood together and brawled. Urango began to land a few counters in the fifth, but not enough to win the round.
During the seventh and eight rounds, Urango was still getting outboxed by Berto's quicker hands. Urango began to take more punches and tried to slow Berto down by landing punches to the body. Berto did a lot of holding in the ninth and tenth rounds. The ref allowed him to get away with the holding by not taking away a point. Urango did nothing to stop the holding by never throwing punches on the inside. Berto dominated the fight from the outside. Urango was too slow and never threw more than a punch or two at a time.
During the eleventh, Berto began to box more and hold less. In the twelfth, Berto just dominated from the start to the finish. Trainer Evangelista Cotto urged Urango to go for a knockout but he was just too slow to get it done.
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