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Andre Berto received a savage beating from Shawn Porter in the eighth round of the welterweight match-up, being pummeled along the ropes.

After the round, Virgil Hunter asked Berto why he went back to the ropes. “Why did you do that? I want to understand?” The camera cut away before we could hear the rest of the exchange.

The straight answer would have been that he had no legs left.

Berto has been washed up since November of 2012 when he was pummeled by Robert Guerrero in losing a twelve-round decision. He should have retired after being stopped by the painfully ordinary Jesus Soto Karass eight months later. But he was picked up by Virgil Hunter who seems to be a trainer interested in reclamation projects unlike any other in recent memory. Berto didn't exactly resurrect his career under Hunter but did manage wins over Josesito Lopez and Victor Ortiz for no other reason than the fact that those men were even more washed up then he was.

In his prime, he was a strong, fiery welterweight who threw a sick right uppercut. What we saw last night was the proverbial shell of a fighter. He boxed well in the opening stanza, dancing on his toes and backing up Shawn Porter who strangely elected to box.

The fight changed in the second, as Porter became the beast we've grown accustomed to seeing. He pinned Berto against the ropes, at times it looked as if he would maul him straight out of the ring. Berto landed a few stinging uppercuts throughout the fight but those were his lone highlight. He spent the entire fight being pinned on the ropes and when in ring center, he bounced on his toes as if to try and gain life into his dead legs.

The beat down was gradual until the eighth round. Porter then brought the full brunt of his brutal fighting style upon Berto. I can 't remember a more sustained attack to the head and body since the days of Mike Tyson. This round laid the groundwork for the finish in the ninth when Porter's overhand rights and hooks became too much for the brave Berto.

Shawn Porter now becomes the mandatory for Keith Thurman but I'm unsure if a rematch is in the cards. Porter has two problems...1) He lacks a solid fan base to warrant big money fights. 2) He's pure hell to fight.

It will be interesting to see where Berto goes from here. Retirement is the easy answer. But my guess is that he switches trainers and continues to fight.

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