As reported yesterday, Robert Guerrero will face Andre Berto in an HBO main event on November 24. It's a good fight that already has people talking, and Guerrero spoke with BoxingScene.com about the fight today.
A big point of interest is that Guerrero is flat-out saying Berto's chin is weak, and that he's got flaws that have never been improved.
"I've been watching him since they first started airing his fights on Showtime. I've seen his ESPN fights. I see a lot of stuff that's never changed, that's never improved. I'm going to capitalize on what I know and what I can take advantage of. It's exciting to know what I can do in the ring and be able to do in the ring, with capitalizing on it."
... "To see him out there with Collazo, a guy who can't crack an egg, and he almost had [Berto] out on his feet. When I see that, I don't need to be a big puncher. ... There is no question (about Berto's chin). That has already been answered. I've seen him hit the canvas in a few fights. That question was answered long before and now it's like Amir Khan - you have to tailor your style around your chin."
Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO) had a rough, entertaining fight with Selcuk Aydin on July 28 in San Jose, winning a decision in a very closely-contested fight. It was a fight that left questions about Guerrero's punching power at 147 pounds, but didn't leave any about his willingness to fight with naturally bigger guys, as the former featherweight titlist took the fight to Aydin and banged away with an experienced, solid welterweight.
Berto (28-1, 22 KO) is different, though. He's a lot faster than Aydin, and my gut feeling is he hits a good bit harder, too. Aydin is a pretty good pressure fighter and tougher than a two-dollar steak, but Berto is without question, I believe, a level up from that, and it's a really good fight on paper. Guerrero-Berto could be a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and whatever else you might think of Guerrero and his PR tactics, I think it's been made very clear that he's entirely serious about taking real fights and real challenges. It's not just talk. He took on a legit welter after being out over a year and never fighting above lightweight, and now he's going for a guy who's been top five in that division for years.
With Berto's own one-year layoff at this point, and some injury problems, it's kind of a wild card fight, and that's not a bad thing.