LAS VEGAS _ It hasn't been an easy year for Andre Berto. Because of the tragic earthquake in his homeland of Haiti, Berto missed out on a chance at a signature win at the start of 2010. Now he can enter 2011 with an exclamation point after crushing Freddy Hernandez in just over two minutes.
The fight was just heating up when Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) landed a perfect right hook on Hernandez's chin. The Mexican crumbled to the mat. He got to his feet, but he was out of it and the fight was waved off at 2:07 of the first.
Berto remains unbeaten and retained his WBC welterweight title. He's now defended it successfully five times. Berto's in the mix for some big fights but realistically has zero shot at the division's current king Manny Pacquiao. He knows that's the case and is seeking a fight against Shane Mosley or Miguel Cotto.
Compubox told the story of an abbreviated fight. Berto was 9-of-26 while Hernandez landed just 3-of-26.