Berto stops Quintana in 8th to defend belt
American Andre Berto retained his WBC welterweight title with a
stoppage of Carlos Quintana on Saturday, boosting his chances of a
bout against the premier fighters in the weight class.
Berto stopped Puerto Rico’s Quintana in the eighth round for his
fifth successful defense of the WBC crown.
Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) did heavy damage from the third round
through the eighth. He finally stopped Quintana, a former WBO
champion, with a succession of hard rights before referee Tommy
Kimmons ended the bout at the 2:16 mark.
Now, the question is how long it will take before Berto, 26,
gets a shot at the high-profile welterweights such as WBO champion
Manny Pacquiao, WBA champion Shane Mosley or former champion Floyd
“My knockout was pretty vicious,” Berto said. “It may open up
their eyes a little bit. But then again they have to look at I’ve
been off for a long time so it’s only going get better from
Promoter Lou DiBella, who handles Berto, said he’d like a fight
against Pacquiao but he also admitted Berto, who had an 11-month
layoff, might need another bout or two before taking on the
Quintana (27-3) had Berto looking tentative in the first two
rounds. Berto sustained a right biceps injury sometime in the
opening two rounds, but he finally found his comfort zone and began
teeing off on the Puerto Rican.
Berto began landing combinations and had Quintana against the
ropes in the third round. In the fifth round, he rocked Quintana
again, this time with a straight right.
Berto landed a couple big rights in the sixth and seventh
Both fighters complained about their opponents’ tactics during
the fight. Early, Berto claimed Quintana was hitting him in the
back of the head, and Quintana eventually had a point deducted. But
Quintana also had a complaint.
“The ref let Berto hit me in the back and it took me out of my
rhythm,” he said.
Part of the proceeds of the fight will benefit the Haitian
earthquake relief fund. Berto’s parents were born in Haiti.
After the Jan. 12 earthquake, Berto canceled his Jan. 30 fight
against Shane Mosley and went to Haiti to aid the relief effort.
Part of his job there was holding down semi-conscious people while
they had limbs amputated because there wasn’t enough anaesthetic to
On the undercard, Panama’s Celestino Caballlero (34-2, 23 KO)
defeated Indonesia’s Daud Cino Yordan (25-1) by unanimous decision
to claim the WBA interim featherweight title to go alongside his
IBF and WBC belts. Caballero dominated the fight although Yordan
managed to score regularly.
“It wasn’t an easy fight,” Caballero said, “but when it comes
to the world championship, if they want my belt they have to be