Healed Andre Berto has ‘unfinished business’ with Victor Ortiz, promises ‘explosive fight’

16 Apr

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Former welterweight world champions Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto cross swords for the second time in their respective careers when they duel on Saturday, June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The bout had initially been set to take place earlier in the year but Berto withdrew after rupturing a bicep during routine training. Now that the Floridian is healed, he has pledged to take the fight to the man who bested him last year in a bout not shy of excitement.

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Ortiz got the win in April, 2011 but Berto aims to pull one back this year. Credit: Hogan Photos/ Golden Boy Promotions

“The arm is feeling great and I’m ready to get in there and handle some unfinished business on June 23,” said Berto (28-1-0, 22ko), motivated by last year’s defeat – his sole blemish as a professional. Such was the 28-year-old’s desire to avenge his loss to Ortiz (29-3-2, 22ko) that he relinquished possession of the IBF welterweight world championship (that he won in his most recent match, a forceful fifth round retirement of tough Slovenian Jan Zaveck) in order to purse the rematch.

“This is guaranteed to be an explosive fight that you don’t want to miss. Los Angeles has become a second home to me, so I’m excited to perform for all the fans at STAPLES Center this summer.”

The previously injured bicep. Credit: Showtime

Berto’s promoter Lou DiBella commented: “It was unfortunate that Andre suffered the injury and the rematch had to be postponed but we are happy that we were able to reschedule this much anticipated fight and are looking forward to another great night on June 23.

“Berto-Ortiz I was a fight of the year candidate and boxing fans can expect more of the same in this fight.”

The undercard to support the Berto v Ortiz main event is already stacking up as a thunderous punch-up between junior welterweight duo Humberto Soto (58-7-2, 34ko) and Lucas Matthysse (30-2-0, 28ko) has been booked. Middleweight prospect J’Leon Love (10-0-0, 6ko) also makes an appearance on the bill.

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