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CARSON---Andre Berto spent five
years regretting his inability to land
the punches that would have finished
off Victor Ortiz during his first career
With a second shot at his rival, Berto
didn t miss.
Berto stopped Ortiz with two knockdowns
in the fourth round Saturday night, avenging
his loss in the welterweight stars first bout
five years ago.
Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) rebounded fero-
ciously after Ortiz knocked him down in
the second round of their rematch. Berto
floored Ortiz the first time with a right
uppercut, and Ortiz went down again
moments later from a series of big punch-
"I told myself, I m not going to let him
recover from this one, " said Berto, who
knocked down Ortiz twice in their first bout.
"That was my mistake in the first fight,
letting him get back up."
Ortiz crawled back to his feet and barely
beat the count, but didn t respond when
asked if he wanted to continue. Referee Jack
Reiss stopped the bout 1:14 into the fourth.
Berto returned to the ring in style after
his one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr
last year in the pound-for-pound champi-
on s final fight. Berto lost his WBC welter-
weight title and his unbeaten record to Ortiz
in their 2011 bout, and he went 3-3 in his
six fights since.
"I think it s one of the most satisfying
wins of my career, just because he gave me
my first loss, and it s been looming for years,"
Berto said. "I just felt like it was something
I had to do, and it was something the fans
wanted as well."
Ortiz and Berto knocked each other down
twice in their wild first fight in 2011, each
flooring the other in the sixth round alone.
Ortiz hung on for a decision despite losing
a point for hitting behind the head in one
of the most entertaining high-level fights of
The loss was the fourth in six fights for
Ortiz (31-6-2), who has struggled with injuries
and inconsistent performances ever since his
title-winning victory over Berto. After getting
booed in the ring, Ortiz was grabbed by a
fan on his way to the dressing room, setting
off a brief fracas in the crowd of 7,760 at
StubHub Centre s famed outdoor ring south
of downtown Los Angeles.
"It s one of those punches that you don t
see coming, you know?" Ortiz said about
the uppercut that led to the first knockdown.
"He is not a guy that hits soft. Every punch
he throws is 100 miles an hour so he is one
heck of a champ for a reason."
Still, Ortiz was booed by fans who have
a tumultuous relationship with the former
champion fighting out of Ventura, California.
Ortiz has been criticised throughout his career
for the endings to his fights, particularly
losses to Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez
in which fans hoped he would continue.
Berto might have earned a shot later this
year at Danny Garcia, the WBC welterweight
champion who watched from ringside. Both
fighters are represented by Premier Boxing
"I think it was a great fight," Garcia said.
"(Berto) is a great potential matchup, and
it s an easy fight to make. It s all about the
handlers now. As far as me, I ll fight anybody
in the division."
Thomas Williams Jr also stopped Edwin
Rodriguez in the second round of a light
heavyweight bout. Earlier, featherweight Jorge
Lara remained unbeaten with a frightening
first-round stoppage of veteran Fernando
Montiel, whose fourth trip to the canvas
ended with him senseless and face-down on
the canvas, his eyes open.
Berto and Ortiz opened the rematch a bit
more cautiously than their first fight, but
Ortiz got a dripping cut on his hairline from
head contact in the first round. He then
dropped Berto with a straight left hand in
the waning seconds of the second round.
Berto was more angry than hurt, and he
responded with tactical punches.
"I fell asleep in there for like two seconds,
and it threw me off, because he was boxing,"
Berto said. "It threw me off my game plan
because I didn t think he was going to try
to box. My feet were tangled, actually. I just
fell on my butt. It wasn t no shot that hurt
BEIJING ---China s Li Haotong fired a bogey-free 64 yesterday
to claim his first European Tour title at the China Open.
The 20-year-old Li, who began the day two shots behind co-leaders
Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Denmark s Lucas Bjerregaard, finished three
strokes clear of runner-up Aguilar after finishing at 22-under 266.
Aguilar, who shot a 69, held a two-shot lead at the turn but a double
bogey on the par-3 16th dashed his title hopes.
Li missed the cut at last week s Shenzhen International, the first
of back-to-back European Tour events in China.
"I just tried to relax myself and I m really happy to hold the trophy
here," Li said. "The start of this year has given me a lot of hard times.
Even though I worked hard I still played badly, especially last week.
I worked hard there and couldn t control my ball."
Bjerregaard shot a 70 to finish in a three-way tie for third with
Marcel Siem of Germany and England s Richard Bland.
Peter Hanson, Scott Hend and Richie Ramsay followed at 17 under,
a shot ahead of David Lipsky, Alex Noren, Borja Virto Astudillo and
Fabrizio Zanotti. (AP)
GENEVA---Nairo Quintana protected his overall
lead to win the Tour of Romandie yesterday after
a final stage won by race specialist Michael Albasi-
ni.Colombian Quintana rode safely in the pack to
keep his 19-second lead over Thibaut Pinot of France.
Jon Izagirre of Spain was third. The Romandie race
is a proven Tour de France trial and Quintana, a two-
time runner-up, is targeting cycling s biggest prize
in July. His six-day Romandie victory followed the
seven-day Tour of Catalonia title he won in March.
Albasini was strongest in a four-rider break that
finished the flat 177-kilometre (110-mile) ride into
Geneva barely ahead of the pack.
The 35-year-old Swiss edged Andrey Amador of
Costa Rica and third-placed Wilco Kelderman of the
Netherlands to get his sixth Romandie stage win
since 2014. (AP)
SOCHI---Nico Rosberg cruised to victory in the
Russian Grand Prix yesterday as his title rival and
teammate Lewis Hamilton dodged crashes and bat-
tled through the pack for second.
Rosberg has won all four of this season s races---seven
in a row including victories from last season---and has
a hefty 43-point lead over Hamilton in the title race.
"It s been an awesome weekend, the car has been
fantastic. Very, very happy, thanks to everybody," Rosberg
said, but played down his championship lead.
"Lewis is going to come back of course. He s on it
and as motivated as ever. So, early days."
Pole position and the unbeatable pace of the Mercedes
meant Rosberg faced little competition as he won by
25 seconds from Hamilton, who had to fight through
the field after starting 10th due to a technical failure
Already up to fifth after an incident-packed first lap
in which Ferrari s Sebastian Vettel crashed out, Hamilton
passed both Williams cars and the other Ferrari of Kimi
Raikkonen to take and hold second.
Hamilton had been closing in on Rosberg in the
second half of the race, but backed off after the team
warned him of a water-pressure problem. Whether he
could have caught Rosberg was doubtful, the German
demonstrated he could produce blistering pace when
needed with a fast lap just before the end.
"The car felt good. At that time, I was lapping a little
quicker than Nico, I was chewing away at (his lead),"
said Hamilton, adding he had no idea how serious the
problem with his car was.
Raikkonen was third, 6.9 seconds behind Hamilton.
Following another race in which Ferrari was far behind
Mercedes, the Finn said the result was "not exactly
what we want, we want to win races." Raikkonen is
third in the standings, 57 points behind Rosberg.
After the chaotic first lap that featured three retire-
ments, the safety car came out and at the restart on
lap 5, Hamilton jumped the Williams of Felipe Massa
for fourth and then blasted past Raikkonen s Ferrari
three laps later to take third.
Rosberg took full advantage of Mercedes untouchable
pace this weekend in Russia, quickly building a solid
lead. After the race s only round of stops, Hamilton
remained stuck behind Valtteri Bottas Williams, but
passed him swiftly. However, he remained 13 seconds
behind Rosberg at the halfway point.
Mercedes had flown in a fuel system part by private
jet ahead of the race in the rush to repair Hamilton s
car following a power unit failure in qualifying. The
water pressure problem raised the specter of a repeat
failure and ended the battle for the lead.
Rosberg became the first driver other than Hamilton
to win in Sochi since the Russian race was added to
the calendar in 2014, and received his trophy from Pres-
ident Vladimir Putin. (AP)
Berto stops Ortiz
to avenge loss
Local boy Li Haotong claims China Open
Quintana rides off
with Tour of Romandie
Andre Berto walks to his corner after knocking
down Victor Ortiz during the fourth round of a
welterweight boxing match, on Saturday in
Carson, California. Berto won by knockout in
the fourth round. AP
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