By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that discussions are ongoing for Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) to face IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) in an HBO televised fight on November 24.
Berto, a former two-time welterweight champion, has been inactive since last September's TKO victory over Jan Zaveck. He was scheduled to face Victor Ortiz on two separate dates since the start of this year.
He suffered a bicep injury in the early part of 2012 and the Ortiz rematch was moved to a June date - but the fight was canceled for a second time when Berto failed a voluntary drug test. Berto fought the positive result and he was recently cleared after the California State Athletic Commission ruled in his favor, agreeing that he ingested a contaminated substance.
The activity level of Bundrage is no better, with an average of one fight per year since 2009. In his last fight, he stopped Cory Spinks in the seventh round of their June rematch.