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Berto avenges loss to Ortiz with 4th round KO

Berto vs. Ortiz

His loss to Victor Ortiz five years ago has been eating at him, but in their rematch that twice got cancelled, Berto slayed his demons with a dominant victory that ended with a fourth round knockout at 1:14.

Five years after suffering the first loss of his career, Berto also made a case to be considered one of the best welterweights in this post-Mayweather/Pacquiao era of boxing.

Berto knocked Ortiz down twice in the fourth round in Carson, California. The first came by a right uppercut and the second was after a series of big shots just seconds later. Ortiz was able to crawl back to his feet and barely beat the count but did not respond when asked if he wanted to continue, forcing referee Jack Reiss to wave for the bell.

Berto went on a career tailspin after he lost his WBC title to Ortiz in 2011. He lost three of his next six fights, including his last one, which to nobody’s surprise was a one-sided defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. But he looked fast and powerful in his return from last fall’s slash with arguably the greatest boxer ever.

Berto was much more cautious from the start than he was five years ago. The two fighters stepped in at the same time and a head clash led to a dripping hairline cut from Ortiz in the first round. In the second round Berto was sent to the mat with straight left hand in the final seconds of the second round, but Berto responded to being sent down by popping right back up and landing some well-placed, tactical punches rather than throwing wildly in his frustration.

And by staying settled and picking his shots, he was able to wear down Ortiz in a hurry before ending his fight in the fourth round.

With the victory, Berto likely earned a shot against fellow Premier Boxing Champions fighter Danny Garcia, who holds the WBC welterweight belt and was watching ringside.

Williams earns title shot with KO of Rodriguez

Thomas Williams Jr

As great as the Rocky Movies might be, all of the massive power punches with no defense is what made technically sound defensive fighters boring for the casual fan to watch; but this one was perfect for the blood-hungry boxing fan to watch. This was two big guys throw haymakers from the opening bell, defending nothing, landing hard shots and at 2:59 in the second round it was over as Thomas Williams Jr knocked out Edwin Rodriguez to set up a fight against WBC World light heavyweight champion Adonis Stephenson.

Williams improved to 20-1-0 with his 14th knockout victory and third-straight victory since he had to retire after the fifth round against Gabriel Campillo back in 2014. It was the biggest win of Williams’ career, knocking out a man who once went the distance with Andre Ward and was coming off three-straight knockout victories.

Lara makes easy work of veteran Montiel

37-year-old Fernando Montiel never should have been in the ring with his young and powerful opponent Jorge Lara. The 25-year-old southpaw featherweight knocked Montiel down four times in the first round before knocking him out at 1:37.

When Montiel could barely stand on his feet after the first knockdown that came just seconds into the fight it should have been called off. Montiel got to his feet and stumbled forward into the corner. He was sent down to the mat again just second later, and again not long after that. When he was knocked out at the very end the referee had no choice but to call the fight. Montiel took a beating and he was hurt lying face-down on the canvas.

The fight should have been stopped way earlier, but Lara showcased his massive power as he improved to 28-0-2 with his 20th knockout victory and picked up the biggest win over his career.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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