Berto Impressive, Arreola still Undefeated - Undercard Boxing Results From Pechanga
By Gabriel Montoya at ringside (Feb 11, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)        
Andre Berto 21-0 (18) looked impressive against a less-than-impressive opponent Michael Trabant 43-3-1 (19). Trabant, coming off a year-long layoff and a steroid suspension, was essentially a punching bag, throwing back very little and taking a severe beating from Berto. The Olympian showed fast hands and good combos, but with this kind of soft opponent, it is hard to gauge how good he really is. I’ve been told by a reliable source that Berto signed a 3-fight deal with HBO with the hopes that the third bout will be a title shot. That shot might be for the interim WBC title.

In a quick and brutal one-sided one-rounder, heavyweight contender Chris ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola 23-0 (21) took apart Cliff Couser 26-14-2 (14) with surgical precision. A heavy right hand sent Couser into his shell early. The Nightmare would pick and peck away with bombs to Couser’s head until a left sent Couser crumpling in the corner, and the ref waived it off. Arreola, the WBC #7 contender, is looking to make a move soon against another top heavyweight after taking off time for personal issues. While he looked a little rusty, his power seemed well-oiled and ready to go.

In a junior welterweight bout, Braulia Lopez 6-7-1 (2) and Omri Lowther 10-1 (8) both gave it all over six rounds of a brutal slugfest. Lopez was the aggressor early on, winging power shots and looking to score the upset. But it would be Lowther’s skills and athleticism that would eventually take over as the rounds wore on.

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