July 28th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Jesus Karass-Andre Berto

Jesus Karass-Andre Berto


Saturday, July 27, 2013


San Antonio, Texas (Showtime) AT&T Center- Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) TKO 10 Diego Gabriel Chaves (22-1, 18 KOs) (147 lb.) Rocked and rattled early on, Thurman dropped Argentine with body shots before head shot causing knockdown ended matters in almost even scrap. Thurman looked “limited” at times, and while Chaves can fight, he stands too straight up like a European amateur and he was eventually broken down and finished! Thurman now possesses WBA “interim” 147 lb. trinket. B- overall grade for Keith in facing first world class foe.


Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KOs) TKO 12 Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) (147 lb.) Pretty big upset here as Mexican mauler hasn’t exactly been the second coming of Salvador Sanchez, but Karass kicked some ass as Berto was hammered throughout and looked like he had been put through a car windshield when referee Jon Schorle put Berto out of his misery in round 12.  It was obvious that the native of Haiti fought most of the time with a dislocated shoulder.  Ahead in the fight, Karass went against his corner in round 12 and finished Berto.  That’s three defeats almost back to back to back fights, time to stick a fork in Andre Berto!


Lightweight (135 lb.) Omar Figueroa (21-0-1, 17 KOs) vs Nihito Arakawa (24-2-1, 16 KOS) (135 lb.) Omar can fight, punished Arakama early in round one, dropped him in round two, only to have Japan’s #1 lightweight own the last minute of the three-minute session. That Round three saw Figueroa hurling bombs and the game Arakama was fighting back in spots, on occasion down stairs. Accidental head butt cuts Arakawa on nose. The fourth saw Omar punch and Arakawa catch, but he seemed to convince Omar that he wasn’t going to fold up like a cheap tent.


Great back and forth action as lefty Arakawa went to the body more than once in the round. This is the way it went, back and forth with another knockdown of the Japanese warrior in round six, until the final bell Figueroa was maintaining THE edge as the wide scores of 118-108, 118-108, 119-107 indicate. The winner hurt both hands, but hey he was throwing and landing bombs for 36 minutes.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Berto with his stiff body-builder physique would have likely been stopped before six had Karass been at his best where his work rate is more prolific. In other words I don’t see an upset here at all. Since his outing with Luis Collazo which I believe Berto lost I’ve never been impressed with the Haitian. The writing was on the wall after the Guerrero fight Virgil Hunter or no Virgil Hunter. Matter of fact Berto’s last trainer was just as frustrated as was Virgil on Saturday. Andre just can’t respond to instructions and look’s headed for “Club” Juanma.”

    Nick Bellafatto on July 29th, 2013 at 7:46 AM
  2. The Soto Karass-Berto fight was even on the official scorecards going into the final round.

    O-Ren Ishii on July 29th, 2013 at 9:58 AM
  3. I’m really happy for Soto-Karass. Yes, he is a somewhat limited plodder, but he has pretty good fundamentals, an iron chin, and a huge heart. In a way, he reminds me of Jesse Feliciano. Berto may have suffered a dislocated shoulder, but in my opinion, that doesn’t take away from Soto-Karass’ outstanding win. I understand that Berto has been working with Virgil Hunter in the East Bay. I wonder how Mr. Hunter is going to strategically respond to the defeats suffered by Mike Dallas Jr. and now Berto. For Dallas Jr., will he match him against more beatable opposition than beast-like Matthysse? Maybe that brutal knockout loss finished him. For Berto, I wonder if alleged steroid use contributed to his shoulder injury. After all, he reported before the fight that he had such a great camp and was well-prepared. We’ll see how it all plays out. As for Soto-Karass, give this man a title shot!!!!

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on July 29th, 2013 at 11:31 AM
  4. Berto is done as a boxer. He is now just a gate keeper just as Soto is. Just a gate keeper. Soto has heart for days but that does not get you to title or championship fights alone. Berto really needs to retire before he gets hurt or seriously injured

    PJ on July 29th, 2013 at 5:08 PM
  5. You missed the China card. The way Gallito Estrada fought just make me believe that he will become the next mexican superstar, not Canelo!!!

    Luix on July 29th, 2013 at 7:16 PM
  6. As far as Soto-Karass is concerned, there are a whole lot of less qualified fighters who get title fights. You may be right, P.J., about Berto needing to retire. He could go the same route as Vivian Harris whose downfall was really sad. Harris went from being an excellent, aggressive boxer-puncher to a punching bag, and it happened pretty fast.

    Geoffrey Sadao on July 29th, 2013 at 9:25 PM
  7. He beat Aydin and Berto, give him his shot! Pulls it off, he is the Mexican Rocky Balboa!

    Pedro Fernandez on July 30th, 2013 at 8:34 AM
  8. What in the world happens to some fighters who look to be world class and once they lose a fight become punching bags (Harris, Juanma, Berto and others). Soto-Karass deserves a title shot. At least he comes to fight, has a granite chin and throws tons of punches, even if he comes short of winning, he’ll give us a good scrap. BTW Berto was born and raised in Florida. His parents are from Haiti.

    THE BRONX BOMBER on July 30th, 2013 at 2:10 PM
  9. OK, but he pulled out of the Mosley fight claiming the Haitian Earthquake.

    Pedro Fernandez on July 30th, 2013 at 5:38 PM
  10. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If looking like a Mr. Olympus or Mr. Universe was the key to victory, more Body Builders would be in boxing. They’re not because they know you have to have boxing skills to survive. Berto burst on the scene as if he heir to the throne. NOT!
    I can’t wait til someone flattens “the problem” the same way. Of all the fighters in boxing today, I can’t stand him. He shows the least amount of respect for boxing.
    His disregard for making weight.
    His flagrant horsing around.
    His flagrant hitting behind his back.
    As far as I’m concerned, he’s a f*ckin clown.
    He belongs in a circus.
    The way he disrepected Paulie, he has no class.

    Not Dundee on July 30th, 2013 at 5:46 PM
  11. Andre Berto = Jeff Lacy

    Fav on July 31st, 2013 at 1:35 PM
  12. Great comparing Lacy-Berto.

    Pedro Fernandez on July 31st, 2013 at 4:43 PM

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