Berto returns to training
February, 6, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Tom Casino/ShowtimeWith injuries and a recent loss to Jesus Soto Karass behind him, Andre Berto is ready to return.Former two-time welterweight titlist Andre Berto is gearing up for a summer return to the ring.
Berto was cleared by his doctor in mid-January to resume training and returned to trainer Virgil Hunter's Oakland, Calif., gym on Sunday to begin working out.
The 30-year-old Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) got knocked out in the 12th round of his last fight, a brutal battle with Jesus Soto Karass in July in San Antonio. Berto fought most of the fight with a torn shoulder tendon in his right arm. He injured it in the second round and used primarily his left hand for the rest of the fight.
Despite managing to knock Soto Karass down in the 11th round, Berto was dropped and stopped by Soto Karass in the 12th.
Berto is planning a summer return, although there is no specific date or opponent lined up.
During Berto's surgery last summer, his ruptured subscapularis tendon was repaired. The doctor discovered during the procedure that Berto had completely torn the tendon from top to bottom. Berto also suffered a torn biceps in 2012 that required surgery.
Berto (28-3, 22 KOs), 30, of Winter Haven, Fla., has lost three of his last four fights, but his bouts with Victor Ortiz, Soto Karass and a November 2012 decision loss to Robert Guerrero were all fight of the year contenders.
He went idle for 14 months in 2011 and 2012 after testing positive for a steroid in a random drug test a month before he was supposed to face Ortiz in a much-anticipated rematch in 2012. Ortiz outpointed Berto in April 2011 in an all-action brawl to end Berto's first title reign.