Observing Andre Berto is truly a frustrating experience. Why does he do what he does? Repeated single jabs that appear six inches short of the target. Missing by miles with everything he throws. It is almost a given that when a boxer has fast hands he lands at a high connect rate. Only Berto seems to defy the laws of nature in that regard, even against opposition that are not known for cagey defense.
Thankfully it ended in round four.
Expected to brawl, Ortiz boxed Berto and landed his left hand at will, scoring a knockdown in round two: - Ortiz landed the left hand, kept it out there, and pushed the slowly reactive Berto to the ground.
Berto could not defend himself.
Berto could not land punches.
In round four, Berto landed a counter right uppercut to Ortiz's left hand that dropped Ortiz to the canvas only twenty seconds into the round. Ortiz never recovered and was unsteady on his legs. Berto finished him with a barrage that was finished by a right hand that put Ortiz down again. To be honest, Ortiz was gifted the opportunity to continue at that point: - in real time he did not appear to beat the count, but the veteran referee probably understood that this was televised on Fox in front of a big audience and it was best to let this one continue if it could.
On the whole, Berto threw more punches than Ortiz and landed less.
I would easily favor Ortiz in another rematch and do not believe that Berto can even be competitive against the top welterweights.
The crowd booed during the fight. Whereas I am normally dismissive of these gestures, Berto's performances have been so poor that any fight with him that lasts twelve rounds will not likely be of the quality to satisfy viewers.