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Robert Guerrero vs Andre Berto–Guerrero Means WAR!

The Interim WBC welterweight title is up for grabs Saturday, November 24, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California when Robert Guerrero defends against former champ, Andre Berto. Guerrero has been making steady inroads on his way up in the boxing world while Berto has been on the way down after a hard loss of his title to the oft disparaged Victor Ortiz. Then Berto booted their lucrative rematch over a positive trace of nandrosterone in the prefight drug tests done by VADA.

Let's Do It!

Let’s Do It!

Robert The Ghost Guerrero is a fine champion long relegated to the back pages of boxing due a myriad of problems beyond his control.  However, when opportunity came knocking with a chance to secure Floyd Mayweather Jr‘s old WBC welterweight belt, The Ghost jumped all over it. Floyd Mayweather has been in his sights for a couple of years now with Guerrero making some prominent challenges, but he needed to step up 2 or 3 divisions to make the fight, so nobody took him seriously.

Guerrero means Warrior in Spanish, and War is what he waged against Selcuk Aydin, a bruising, brawling undefeated WBC Silver Belt holder from Turkey who always shows up to fight hard. Guerrero fought a tough, gritty fight to show he could step up 2 divisions to handle the strongest fighter he’s ever faced in his career. Mayweather may not be as strong as the young Turk, but he’s got boxing savvy oozing out of his pores and is a tough nut to crack, and tougher to get into the ring, only fighting once a year, so it may take a ghost to track a ghost down, we’ll see.

Enter Mayweather stablemate, Andre Berto, who has taken a different tact from Guerrero. After shoeshining his way up the rankings to become Mayweather’s old WBC #1 challenger, he  won the vacated belt in the cushy way too many modern fighters go about it, that of fighting a set up against a fighter who shouldn’t even be ranked.

Berto was disgraced when he tested positive, a real shame since he scored a TKO on cuts over IBF beltholder, Jan Zaveck to set up the lucrative Ortiz rematch, all blown to smithereens now. Redemption will have to come about the hard way, a classy win over the ascending Guerrero who will be the best fighter Berto has ever faced. He can thank the much beleaguered California commission for giving him a license after his failed drug test. Golden Boy is Cali based, and you know how that works.

Andre Berto’s strengths are a left jab, good conditioning, and some heart he showed against Luis Collazo and Victor Ortiz after he was knocked down. It could also be said he’s the naturally bigger man and easy to hit.

Guerrero looks to be the hungrier fighter with more to prove to himself. He should be the better overall boxer and has more experience. He’s also shown plenty enough grit and heart when needed, so on paper, this is a pretty even match, but Berto will also be the best welter he ever faced, a prime boxer type with some hand speed compared to the brawling, looping Aydin.

I like Guerrero to outbox and outslug Berto when needed. He’s a smart boxing southpaw going against the record of Berto against top boxing type southpaws; a knockout of Carlos Quintana, a disputed win over Luis Collazo who knocked him down, and a hard loss to Victor Ortiz where Berto tasted the canvas again.

I see a fight going the distance since neither is a big puncher at the weight. I only hope the judges can score a bout as well as the fighters are gonna fight it,  likely a highly competitive fight fought at a higher level than the typical boxing judges could ever be counted on.

Beating Berto would be another line drawn in the sand for Guerrero who might be seeing the end of his career coming and is pulling out all the stops trying to make a megafight, but talk is cheap and the best laid plans of mice and men and all that.

Soon enough it will be one fighter mano a mano against the other fighter,  and with luck the ref will stay clear and let them decide who it’s gonna be.

Adamek Vs Arreola, Fight of the Year?

By Bobby Mac

Two highly regarded heavyweights collide this Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, in what many are picking as a Fight of the Year candidate.

Tomasz “Goral” Adamek is the former two division champion stepping up to his 3rd division in a bid to win a heavyweight title. A win over former challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola guarantees him a title shot within a year. Arreola is in a similar circumstance, hungry for another crack at the title and a win over Adamek would open the doors for him.

Tomasz Adamek

Tomasz Adamek

Goral is Polish for Highlander, a reference to the region where Adamek was raised, but it also connotes an exotic coolness of temperament which describes the Adamek approach to boxing to a T. With a 40-1 career record at age 33 and seemingly in his prime as a boxer, he’s near becoming a legend in boxing that he already is in Poland.

Tomasz can box some, brawl a little, fight inside or out with a little slugging thrown in as his 27 KO victims can attest, but he is never locked into one style, and he’s in no hurry to get anything done. His offense just flows to him when the moment is right, and if he has to take a few steps back, cover on the ropes and take some time off, hey, no big deal to take a rest and reset. He’s smart, patient, and he has an innate fighting sense of which adjustments to make to figure out how to beat very good fighters.

Arreola has the fire to light up Adamek’s coolness, though. He’s an highly charged come forward busy brawler/slugger looking for a trade, a nightmare if you can’t fight him off. At age 29 with a 28-1 record with an 86% KO ratio, he is used to getting his way in the ring and has also become a fan favorite in Southern California, so this donnybrook will be in his stompin’ grounds, a distinct advantage.

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola

Arreola is also the natural heavyweight here, making his debut at 236lbs and at a high of 263 lbs his last bout against the outgunned Brian Minto. Reportedly he’s been in his hardest training camp ever and looking at 240s come weigh-in. We shall see, but he’s sure to have some 20-30lbs on Adamek who’s slated to come in under 220, so while size as measured in bulk may favor Arreola, it’s not clear who will have the advantage in physical strength given that Arreola is prone to corpulence and Adamek’s large frame will be all lean muscle.

Adamek will be the faster fighter of hand and foot, but Arreola has proven to have an excellence sense of timing and surprising quickness for such a bulky man. They are both offensively oriented fighters, so expect the leather to be flying in this one.

The fight won’t be about size, strength, and speed advantages, it will be about style and temperament contrast with only two common denominators, both liking to fight and able to take a good crack to the chin with neither ever being stopped before. What’s more is each style is so unique that neither can find a sparring partner to replicate their styles.

So many unknowns and intangibles in this one, so which style best maximizes the attributes of each fighter to overcome the other?

Goral vs Nightmare

Goral vs Nightmare

We don’t know the definitive answer to that, but I’m guessing the oddsmakers will make Adamek the slight favorite. I also favor Adamek, but this is really the kind of fight that could go either way. An early KO is possible, but I’m thinking the fight enters the later rounds where stamina will play a role. Arreola has never kept the pace at this high level and Adamek has never had to beat down such a big, strong, dangerous fighter as Arreola.

It’s gonna be a corker, so best stay tuned and sober for this one.