Tonight’s HBO telecast featuring the return of Andre Berto vs Carlos Quintana should be an entertaining if not intriguing battle at the very least. The reason being is that this fight means something to the future of boxing.
Andre Berto is being built as the future of boxing and rightfully so. His dazzling personality only is overshadowed by his dazzling boxing skills and speed.
Carlos Quintana is a man who hasn’t lived up to his potential. He’s shown glimpses of greatness which proves his talent. With a win tonight, he could find himself back in the mix of the hottest division in boxing.
Andre Berto is a great talent but like any fighter he has his flaws. He’s shown a tendency to tire out in his fights which was no more evident than in his fight with Luis Collazo. He is an intense fighter. You can see it in the way he uses his legs to dart in and out, the way he throws his punches, especially the lead right hand. His warrior mentality also has proven problematic with his stamina. His intensity although entertaining, has shown to be a liability as much as an asset. If he plans to rumble and win against the very elite of this sport, he’ll have to make adjustments. Tonight he face Carlos Quintana, although not considered an elite fighter, is a very live dog.
Carlos Quintana has a lot of talent. I have no doubt that he can stylistically beat Andre Berto. He’s got pop in his punches and has effective movement. He can definitely take advantage of Andre Berto’s wasted energy and inexperience. What is a concern is his mental and physical state.
His last two fights, he’s been fighting at the Jr middleweight division. At age 33 and at 5”9, can he realistically get back down to 147 and be effective with the faster and younger Berto? In terms of his mental state, he opted to retire on his stool when he got in deep with Miguel Cotto. He also hasn’t been able to repeat the great performance he had in his first fight with Paul Williams to win the WBO welterweight title. He was later stopped in the immediate rematch by first round knockout.
Carlos Quintana has to make Andre work. He needs him to use up as much energy as possible in the beginning in order to take advantage of him late. The possibility of a stoppage or a decision win is possible if he can. The jab will be a great tool along with his movement to keep Berto from establishing anything consistent. Whether he pressures or makes Andre go after him, he has to make him work.
Berto has one job and that’s to utilize his speed. He’ll be able to get to Quintana. He’ll have to fight intelligently by using his jab and setting up his power shots. Carlos is still dangerous and has the ability, even at this stage to take Andre out if he decides to rely on talent rather than strategy.
I see Andre having some problems in the first couple of rounds because of Carlos’ movement and somewhat awkward style. Berto will eventually find his range and start popping him with jabs and lead right hands. Andre will still use up a lot of energy which will be a problem for him. Quintana will come on late throwing body shots and creating some real interesting moments in the final rounds. However, I’ve got Berto owning rounds 3 to 10 doing enough to pull out the unanimous decision.
Joseph “The Mad Boxing Genius” Torres