Berto-Ortiz II set for April 30
Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz waged a thrilling, knockdown trading fight in 2011 that was one of the best fights of that year, and the two are finally set to face again as Premier Boxing Champions announced today the welterweight matchup that will be broadcast live on the Fox network on April 30.
The first bout was won by Ortiz, who went on to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. later that year, but the fight that lead to a career payday against the pound for pound champion was anything but easy as both fighters were down and each fighter was sent to the canvas in a memorable round six.
Ortiz was awarded a unanimous decision victory to become the WBC welterweight champion as Mayweather had vacated the title.
“I know I’m in for another war,” said Ortiz (31-5-2, 24KO).
“I’ve always been open to a rematch because Berto has a big mouth and something to prove. After our fight, he went on a losing streak, because I gave his opponents a blueprint on how to beat him. My losses have been unfortunate, but I wouldn’t want to come up against me at this stage in the game. My name is Victor and that’s no coincidence.”
Ortiz was knocked out following the Berto fight in September of 2011 after he was caught with his hands down as Mayweather elected to seize that opportunity for a KO, and the Kansas native went 2-3 in his bouts after Berto, while Berto went on to go 3-3 in the following years and he himself engaged against the undefeated Mayweather in September 2015 in a lackluster decision loss.
“This is the fight the people have been waiting for and it’s time to give it to them,” said Berto (30-4, 23KO). “I am in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually. I’ve never wanted my story to be perfect, that’s boring. Life is filled with ups and downs and I’ve embraced them all in my career. Everything I’ve been through has turned me into a savage. It’s time to close this chapter once and for all. I want his head!”
The supports bout for the Stub Hub Center bound event in Carson, California are a light heavyweight contest between Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Williams Jr., and former champion Fernando Montiel taking on Jorge Lara in a featherweight fight.
Ortiz vs. Berto II will represent the second live airing for Premier Boxing Champions on the regular Fox network, preceded by the Robert Guerrero vs. Danny Garcia match in January 2016.
Live coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Tickets are on sale now.
About Raymundo Dioses
A life-long fan with a former boxer's namesake. Professional boxing writer on the beat since 2007.
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