Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto had a war five years ago on HBO, and tonight they square off again on FOX in a Premier Boxing Champions main event from the magical holy ground that is Carson, California's StubHub Center.
Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KO) and Berto (30-4, 23 KO) aren't the same fighters they were then, but there's reason to expect more action tonight, because the style matchup simply demands it. Ortiz is 2-3 since he faced Berto, who is 3-3 since his loss to Ortiz. They've both missed significant time due to injury since their first fight, and are both fighting for relevance in the crowded 147-pound division.
In the co-feature, light heavyweights Edwin Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KO) and Thomas Williams Jr (19-1, 13 KO) meet in what is also expected to be an all-action fight. Both have a habit of ending things early, and both have shown vulnerability in the past. This one could be explosive, and the winner is being targeted by WBC titleholder Adonis Stevenson.
In the night's opening bout, Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KO) will meet Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KO) in a 10-round featherweight fight.
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Andre Berto def. Victor Ortiz by TKO (1:14 of round 4)
Thomas Williams Jr def. Edwin Rodriguez by TKO (2:59 of round 2)
Jorge Lara def. Fernando Montiel by KO (1:37 of round 1)
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ROUND BY ROUND
VICTOR ORTIZ vs ANDRE BERTO
Round 1: Tentative start for at least the first half of the round here. Ortiz taking his time, jabbing, Berto kinda watching him. Heads clash with about 40 seconds left in the round. Ortiz is cut. Of course he is. That's a bad cut, too. Lots of blood. Crowd booing the lack of action here. STUBHUB! Ortiz 10-9
Round 2: A little more action right away to start this round, Ortiz landing a left and Berto firing back with a right. Victor's landing a nice jab to the body. Left hand up top from Ortiz. Berto tries to come forward, gets tied up. Jab from Ortiz. Ortiz looks really light on his feet. Berto ruled down on a poking left hand. Berto: "Fuck." Round ends just after. Ortiz 10-8, 20-17
Round 3: Ortiz has been calm, collected, sharp so far. Berto starting to loosen up a hair this round, though. And heaven knows Ortiz has collapsed in fights. But he's staying focused here. Is Berto the stabilizing factor that Ortiz needs in his fights? Ortiz 10-9, 30-26
Round 4: AND DOWN GOES VICTOR ORTIZ ON A RIGHT HAND! Ortiz up but he's in trouble! Berto trying to close this thing! Ortiz trying to hang on! Right hand Berto! Berto throwing all he's got, Ortiz is down again! He's up at 9.5, Reiss asks if he wants to continue, Ortiz doesn't answer, IT'S OVER! Berto TKO-4
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ vs THOMAS WILLIAMS JR
Round 1: Aaaaaand they're both throwing bombs. Rodriguez landing shots at distance and is the aggressor as the round wears on. Left hook right hand combo from Rodriguez, then Williams back with a MONSTER right hook that hurts Rodriguez! Williams using the hook, throwing some uppercuts, and lands a hard straight left. Williams closing this round very strong. I liked Williams just a bit better, did more damage, or so it seemed. Williams 10-9
Round 2: Williams throwing shorter shots, landing good shots. HUGE right from Rodriguez! BIG right hook back from Williams! This is living up to my own hype. Rodriguez seems in control right now. RIGHT HOOK AND LEFT HAND FROM WILLIAMS AT THE END OF THE ROUND AND EDWIN IS DOWN! IT'S OVER! Williams KO-2
FERNANDO MONTIEL vs JORGE LARA
Round 1: Montiel gets clipped and he's down and hurt! He's not in good shape here as the fight continues. Montiel holding, and he's down again on a shot that may have been to the back of the head. Another shot, another knockdown. Montiel getting another count. HUGE right hook and Montiel is down again, and it’s OVER! Lara KO-1