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Ortiz decisions Berto

by Andrew Hall: Victor Ortiz defeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight. The final judges' scores were 114-111, 114-112, 115-110. With a gleam in his eye Ortiz came out like a man possessed and put the hitherto Berto on his keister. He did so twice but was only given credit for the second round. In the second round Berto dropped Ortiz with a perfectly well timed straight right hand. After that Ortiz came on and won rounds 4 and 5 with effective aggressiveness and well timed straight short punches.

Cus Damato once said "The will to win is more important than the skill to win" and no more precisely is this boxing adage so true than in a fight like this one. The will to dominate the other man, to impose your own will is what boxing is ultimately all about. Fighters like these two men will always be given respect in this sport because they embody the very best virtues of the sport. They inspire determination, will, concentration, and hunger. They make us ask the question "How much do you want it". Boxing is a metaphor for life and in life we all need to get up and keep going just like both of these men have done in this fight.

In the sixth round Berto landed a hellacious shot that felled Victor Ortiz. Victor got up and was being accosted by Berto in the corner. It looked as though the referee might stop the fight when Ortiz landed a shot that put Berto on his backside. It is a slugfest not unlike George Foreman vs Ron Lyle. In a fight like this it comes down to one thing who wants it more? Ortiz has something to prove tonight and win or lose he has proven that he has the courage of a real Mexican Warrior (he is a Mexican, right? I gulp!) Berto seems content to try to counter Ortiz and win by letting his man tire out. He seemed discouraged by the fact that Ortiz came back so violently after his knockdown in the 6th round.

The 7th and the 8th round seemed to be more cautious. Both guys were content to look for openings and throw brief flurries of punches. We the fans seem content to wait for more fireworks. And Floyd Mayweather seems content to laugh while two men are doing what he has failed to do his entire career: win a tough fight.

In the 9th round, Ortiz was almost penalized for hitting Berto behind the head. Berto seemed to control the round with his jab. Ortiz didn't seem willing to impose himself. In the 10th round Victor Ortiz was penalized for hitting Berto behind the head. The announcers seem to be unhappy about this but he was given ample warning so I don't see what they were complaining about. Ortiz was able to even out the round by landing the cleaner shots towards the end of the round.

The 11th round showed Bertos lack of leg stability once again. In the 12th and final round he needed a knockout. He needed to go out and really pull it out. What a battle this has turned out to be. Can Berto pull it out? He just landed two well timed right hands to Ortiz's jaw. The bells rings with Berto seeming to have won the final round. This fight came down to the will to win and it seems that Victor Ortiz pulled it out. Will the judges give Ortiz his well deserved victory? Or will we see a travesty of justice?

I love fights like this as I'm sure all of you do. They are what make the sport of boxing great. Passion. Excitement. Mystery. Two fighters trying to impose their will on the other. I just hate to see the judges having so much power in a fight like this.

The judges have spoken and Victor has won a very well deserved battle of attrition. I can't wait to see more of Ortiz and Berto.

Article posted on 17.04.2011



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