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Berto says he’s healthier than ever

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

In August 2013, welterweight Andre Berto underwent right shoulder surgery following his 12th round TKO loss to Jesus Soto Karass.

Two years and two ring wins later, he now finds himself a few weeks away from facing the No. 1 boxer on the planet when he meets Floyd Mayweather on September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Berto said of his surgery:

“It gave me a completely different perspective; I really thought my career might be over,”

“I told myself that when I get back in there, I was going to go all in.”

Berto’s injury occurred during the Soto-Karass fight and was confirmed by doctors.

“He had a torn subscapularis tendon, which is the big tendon in the front of the rotator cuff. That can be a career ending injury for a fighter,” said Dr. ElAttrache, who’s also treated Manny Pacquiao.

“As you can tell from the length of time it took him to rehab it and come back, he did everything exactly like we wanted him to. He turned out as strong as ever but it was certainly an injury that was significant enough that it could have threatened his career.”

Berto recovered and returned to the ring in September 2014 against Steve Upsher Chambers, logging a UD 10 round victory, then stopped Josesito Lopez inside six rounds in March this year, which lead to the Haitian fighter winning the Mayweather sweepstakes in being picked as an opponent for fight No. 49 for Mayweather.

“I’ve gone through so many injuries, trials and tribulations over the past few years but now I know it was all for a reason,” said Berto.

“This fight is coming at the perfect time. I’m healthier than I have been in years and everyone is going to see that on September 12. I’m coming to shock the world.”

Berto is training in Oakland, California under trainer Virgil Hunter in preparation for the Showtime televised pay per view event.

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