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Berto hasn’t won a fight in just about three years and is in desperate need of getting back into the win column on Saturday night on the Broner vs. Taylor undercard.
The 30-year-old has lost three of his last four fights—the last win coming over Jan Zaveck for the IBF Welterweight Championship in September 2011—and another loss would all but signal the end of his once-promising career.
His fall from grace has been precipitous. It began with the loss of his welterweight title to Victor Ortiz in 2011 in a vicious war that saw both men taste the mat twice, then cascaded with defeats by Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass.
The loss to Soto Karass, a rugged, tough but journeyman-like fighter, was brutal. Berto seemed on his way to a victory, planting Soto Karass on the mat in Round 11 only to be stopped himself the following round.
It was his first knockout loss, and it came at a heavy price. An injury to his shoulder, sustained in the fight, needed to be surgically repaired, costing him even more time out of the ring.
Berto will make what likely amounts to his last stand against Steve Upsher Chambers, a light-hitting foe from Pittsburgh.
Chambers has a solid professional record of 24-3-1 with six wins coming inside the distance, but he hasn’t beaten anything resembling a quality opponent and comes in as the loser of his last two fights.
Those losses, to Golden Boy Promotions prospect Eddie Gomez and former welterweight champion Luis Collazo, came as he stepped up his level of opposition. That does not bode well for him as long as Berto still has some gas left in the tank.