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Welterweight Berto overcomes initial DQ

Updated: February 18, 2004, 3:27 AM ET
Associated Press

TUNICA, Miss. -- The U.S. Olympic Boxing Team trials began Tuesday with the apparent disqualification of a highly regarded welterweight and the initial winner of the bout leaving the ring on a stretcher.

Juan McPherson, a 2003 Pan American Games silver medalist, was declared the winner over Andre Berto from Winter Haven, Fla., with just 27 seconds left in the fourth and final round when the referee disqualified Berto for wrestling.

Being disqualified from the fight meant Berto was ...

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