April 17, 2011 by staff
Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz has some advice for Manny Pacquiao before his title fight against unbeaten Andre Berto.”Manny told me to stick to my game plan,” said Ortiz. Ortiz heard the biggest star in boxing and won three falls in an upset win over Berto at the World Boxing Council welterweight title fight night Saturday.
Ortiz (02/02/1929) won a unanimous decision despite having a point taken away for hitting behind the head. All three judges scored it 114-112, 114-111 and 115-110.
“That’s not me I was there tonight,” Berto said, adding that he injured his right thumb in the second round at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Berto had made five successful title defenses since he took the WBC welterweight crown in June 2008, when he stopped Miguel Rodriguez in the seventh round.
Berto (27-1) was virtually eliminated in the first round against Ortiz, who came out firing combinations bell, stunning the champion with a right followed by a left hook that put him on the canvas.
With Berto clearly dazed, Ortiz tried to finish her off her rival. There was another fall, but Berto made it out of the round.
“I realized that it was vulnerable inside,” said Ortiz. “Part of my game plan was to put down his shots and overwhelm him.”
Ortiz seemed to be in charge in Round 2, when out of nowhere, Berto connected with a short right hand that sent Ortiz reverse. He did not fall, but took a brief account of referee Michael Ortega.
The fast pace continued in Round 3 to Ortiz continues to apply pressure. The 24-year-old Berto Ortiz continued to stalk in Round 4. Berto kept waving his opponent to keep coming forward, and Ortiz was happy to oblige.
“It surprised me how they cut me,” said Berto. “I knew I was going out as it did.”
The 27-year-old Berto turned in the sixth assault and knocked Ortiz down with a right hand. But only a few seconds before the round ended, Berto Ortiz flattened with a left hook. Berto, he was up just before the bell.
“That was a beauty of a right hand that hit me and was a heck of a round,” Ortiz said. “I would vote to reverse the year.”
After three rounds without incident, Berto landed a right to start Round 10. Ortiz, who had warned before hitting the back of the head, had a point taken by Ortega. That seemed to motivate him, and finished the round with a solid combination.
The crowd gave both fighters a standing ovation when the fight ended.
“I would not have won more than being in an exciting fight,” said a dejected Berto.
Ortiz now has a six-fight winning streak. He has not lost since June 2009, when Marcus Maidment knocked him out in the sixth assault.
“I think this is where I’m staying now at 147 pounds,” said Ortiz. “I’m the king here.” I’m the king of the welterweights. “
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