Thursday, August 7, 2014
Healthy Berto training for return
By Dan Rafael
Welterweight Andre Berto, left, looks to snap a two-fight losing skid in his Sept. 6 return.
Last July 27, former two-time welterweight titlist Andre Berto suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder during the second round of a fight with Jesus Soto Karass in San Antonio.
Berto continued to fight with the injury, eventually getting knocked out in the 12th round of an action-packed fight. It was Berto's third defeat in four fights and sent him into a long layoff because he had surgery to repair the serious injury.
Now, a year later, Berto's shoulder is healthy and he is preparing for his return, which will take place Sept. 6 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati against an opponent to be named. The fight will open a Showtime tripleheader that also includes two junior welterweight fights, hometown draw Adrien Broner against Emanuel Taylor and Lucas Matthysse against Roberto Ortiz.
"It's hard to believe that it has been a year since my surgery. The last 12 months have definitely been hard, but I have learned a lot about myself and the sport since my last fight," Berto said. "Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game and I can't wait to put all of that in to play on Sept. 6."
Berto (28-3, 22 KOs), 30, of Winter Haven, Florida, has been training with Virgil Hunter in Oakland, Calif., and looking to stop a two-fight losing streak.
The fight will be Berto's second since beginning to train with Hunter, who also trains fighters such as super middleweight champion Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Alfredo Angulo and Abner Mares.
"Virgil and I have been working consistently since I was cleared to start boxing training early this year," Berto said. "Training with him is like being in a classroom and I'm excited to share the benefits of those lessons in Cincinnati."