It looks like Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) will finally get a shot at a big name at welterweight, although it isn’t the one he was hoping for.
According to Lem Satterfield of The Ring, WBC interim welterweight titleholder Guerrero will be facing former IBF and WBC welterweight titleholder Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs).
During the past few weeks, there had been a lot of speculation as to whom both fighters would be facing in their next matchups. WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley had been mentioned as a possible opponent for both fighters, but due to the ongoing cold war between promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy, those fights never materialized.
There had been talk of Berto moving up to junior middleweight to face IBF titleholder Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, but it appears that “K9” will once again be left out in the cold.
The Guerrero vs. Berto matchup will take place on Nov. 24 in Ontario, Calif. at the Citizen’s Bank Arena and will be broadcast on HBO, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. A stipulation of the fight contract is that both boxers will be subject to mandatory drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Schaefer told Satterfield.
Guerrero is no doubt in favor of the drug testing after previously losing his IBF featherweight title to Orlando Salido, who later tested positive for PEDs following the fight.
In June of this year, Berto tested positive for a banned substance before his scheduled fight with Victor Ortiz, but was later granted a boxing license by the State of California when he passed a subsequent test for PED’s.
According to Schaefer, both fighters will make more than a million dollars each for the November bout.