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Guerrero-Berto picked 2012 “Fight of the Year” by World Boxing Council; Gonzales vs. Mouton

January 3, 2013 – The WBC board of governors have voted Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Andre Berto as their 2012 “Fight of the Year”. Guerrero, a four-division and six-time world champion, and former two-time world champion Berto, engaged in an all out slugfest for twelve rounds. Berto survived knockdowns by Guerrero in rounds one and two, and showed tremendous heart fighting tough to the final bell.

“First I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ,” said Guerrero. “Anytime you’re recognized by the WBC in a fight of the year candidate, the fans are the ones that benefit. When fighters step in the ring we put our lives on the line and it’s rewarding to be recognized for doing so. Next I want to show gratitude toward the WBC governing board and special thanks to José and Mauricio Sulaimán for selecting Guerrero vs. Berto as their “Fight of the Year” in 2012. In addition, I’m very grateful to Ruben Guerrero, Bob Santos and Luis Decubas Jr.”

“I also want to show appreciation to Andre Berto for being a true warrior, because without his courage and heart, we wouldn’t have had the epic showdown that people are still talking about today. Lastly I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and HBO for airing this fight to all the fans around the world. I’m looking forward to a great 2013.”

BRANDON GONZALES EAGERLY PREPARING TO DEFEND UNDEFEATED RECORD AGAINST DON MOUTON

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Sherman Oaks, Calif. (January 3) – Undefeated Super Middleweight Brandon Gonzales, 28, is coming off a dominant victory by unanimous decision over Elie Augustama in which he battled through a substantial gash over his left eye that severely hindered his vision for the last few rounds of the fight.

“I learned about patience and sticking to the game plan and knowing that I can fight through adversity if necessary,” Gonzales said of his bloody cut. “It showed I could carry out a fight regardless of the circumstances.”

The Sacramento native, who is training with Virgil Hunter (also trainer of Andre Ward), is prepared to exhibit the same heart and determination against his upcoming challenger.

Mouton, 34, has momentum on his side as well, as the Houston native has won all of his fights since returning to the ring after a three-year hiatus, with all the wins coming in 2012. After stunning Jesse Luna with a TKO in his first fight since 2009, Mouton has won two bouts, including a knockout of Samuel Clarkson in his most recent fight.

As Mouton has garnered plenty of hype in his recent return to boxing – his opponents had a very respectable combined 40-7-1 record – Gonzales is prepared to face him at his best.

“[Don's] a tough fighter and he comes to fight. He’s given a lot of guys trouble,” Gonzales said. “I definitely know he’s coming with the mindset this is his opportunity and he’ll be fully prepared. This is my first fight in seven months and I’m eager to get back into it and showcase my skills on a platform like ESPN.”

Promoter Dan Goossen says “This is the type of fight that can establish Brandon as a bonafide world rated super middleweight.”

The bout is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with
M & H Promotions. The event will be televised on ESPN2 (9:00PM EST/6:00PM PST) and ESPN Deportes and held at the Pueblo Pavilion in Santa Fe, New Mexico.