Andre Berto Retains Title with KO of Carlos Quintana

U.S.-born boxer Andre Berto retained his WBC welterweight title by dispatching of challenger Carlos Quintana in the eighth round of their fight at the BankAtlantic in Sunrise, Florida. Berto, who was making his fifth defense of the title he won in 2008, dominated Quintana of Puerto Rico from the third round. Berto, whose parents are both Haitian, pounded Quintana in the eighth round with power shots, forcing referee Tommy Kimmons to stop the fight at the 2:16 mark.

Berto’s rust coming off an 11-month layoff showed as he allowed Quintana to take control in the first two rounds. However, the champion found his rhythm beginning in the third, putting the challenger on the receiving end of several vicious combinations.

Berto was supposed to face Shane Mosley on January 30 but the fight was called off after the Haiti earthquake, where several of the champion’s relatives perished. Berto has been active in relief efforts in Haiti. A portion of the ticket sales from the fight against Quintana will go to relief operations in Haiti.