By Luis Sandoval
Former two time Welterweight champion Andre Berto will headline for the first time at Staples Center as he rematches rival Victor Ortiz on June 23rd. The fight was originally scheduled for February 11th but had to be postponed due to a bicep injury suffered by Berto during training camp.
There were rumors and talks that Berto would not be ready by the new scheduled date but much like his promoter Lou Dibella, Berto assures everything is ready to go. In fact, he has already started a mini camp at the Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys, CA where Ricky Funez , owner and also a professional boxing trainer, has been working with Berto to get him in shape and back on track. Berto was even doing some light sparring this past Saturday morning.
When Berto spoke with BoxingScene.com he explained that his recovery from his injury has been a good one and he’s ready to go.
“As of right now, everything has been going good. I still have been going to my rehab on a regular basis and just trying to make sure everything is right. I’ve been hitting the gym as well. Making sure [my bicep] is good and stretching it out. I got good people checking me out and looking over me so right now, it shouldn’t be a problem” explained Berto.
Injuries aside, Andre Berto is excited and ready to step back in the ring with Ortiz and avenge his first and only loss on his record. Boxingscene.com asked Berto what would be different this time around that would change the outcome of the fight and make him victorious.
“Me going in a lot healthier. Be a lot more focused. Be a lot smarter in there” said Berto.
Andre will be moving his camp back to Florida and begin training in a week. They will train out there for about a month and then come back to Los Angeles to finish up the last leg of their camp.
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