WBC Welterweight champion Andre Betro improved his record to 25-0 and retained his title with a one-sided decision over Juan Urango in Florida last week. That’s the good news for Berto and boxing senator Al Haymon.
The bad news is that he wasn’t anymore impressive against Urango than Ricky Hatton was two years ago when he defeated him.
For Berto who waltzed to another decision win in a loaded welterweight division the glitter is falling off of him like it would a strippers face at the Spearmint Rhino.
A guy who was once considered the future in the division and one who demonstrated courageousness and knockout power is now beginning to impersonate Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The problem with that is Money May is already a star and has also proven that his hand speed is his greatest asset, but I thought Berto could be a combination of both power and speed.
I thought this was a guy who would continue to get better with each fight and turn into a dominant performer.
To his defense he has yet to have a defining moment against a name brand opponent, but last week he fought not to get hurt instead of fighting to hurt his opponent.
Who knows what’s next up on his resume, but at 25 years of age in a division where the best fighter is 37 going on 38 in Shane Mosley and the other is Money May who probably will make $30 million and go back into hibernation-time is running out.
In a couple of weeks Miguel Cotto will defend another portion of the welterweight division against Joshua Clotty and I am not convinced that Berto could beat any one of them at the moment.
Berto appears to become exhausted as the fight progresses and when he does sit down on his punches they don’t make his opponent vanish.
The question that is being asked over and over in boxing circles if whether Berto wants to be a special fighter?
If I didn’t know any better I would be inclined to think that boxing is taking a back seat on purpose to the NBA Finals which begin this week.
This is a sport that needs as much exposure as it can get and it needs to come up with some attractive fights more frequently than it has.
I like the match-up with Chad Dawson against Glen Johnson. If HBO can serve us Urango/Betro that for sure they can find a date for Dawson/Johnson. We know that Johnson will always bring it and that Dawson is considered on of the pound for pound best, so what’s the hold up?
I am not the least bit interested in Roy Jones Jr. and Jeff lacy fighting. Lacy is a dead man walking and Jones has increasingly become Mr. Irrelevant.
Boxing promoter Don King spends so much time out of American that maybe he should change his slogan to “Only in the World.”