Two years ago, Andre Berto was the undefeated WBC welterweight champion. He had knocked out 22 of 28 opponents and was viewed as a rising star in the sport.
In August of 2011, Berto dropped his belt to Victor Ortiz, but the loss didn't set his career back too badly. Although Berto was knocked down twice, he knocked down Ortiz once. It was an exciting war, and a near-universal selection for 2011 Fight of the Year.
A rematch was scheduled for June of 2012, but it had to be scrapped when Berto failed a PED test in May. Berto ended up sitting out most of 2012, before finally returning to action in November against interim WBC champion Robert Guerrero.
Guerrero mugged Berto early, knocking him down in both of the first two rounds. Berto hung tough and made it a fight. He finished on his feet, though with both eyes nearly swollen shut.
To get anywhere close to where he used to be, Berto desperately needs a win against Jesus Soto Karass. Soto Karass is an opponent he should be able to beat, but it's unlikely to be an easy night of work.
Soto Karass would have to be classified as a journeyman, but he's a pretty high class journeyman. He's been in the ring with multiple world champions and credible contenders, and rarely fails to make an exciting fight.