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Andre Berto Gets Off The Deck To Beat Rivera

By Mark Vester

Talk about a scary night for promoter Lou DiBella. Undefeated welterweight Andre Berto (19-0, 16 KOs), regarded as a future superstar in the sport, was rocked by an uppercut and knocked down in the sixth of his ten-round bout with Cosme Rivera (30-11, 21 KOs) at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Berto was in full control until the sixth round knockdown. He was able to recover and opened up a bad cut over Rivera's right eye in the seventh. Rivera stood his ground in the remaining rounds to test his younger opponent, but Berto did more than enough to pull out a win.

The scores were unanimous for Berto, 97-92, 98-91 and 98-91.

Berto is slated to face an even tougher opponent, David Estrada, on the undercard of Taylor-Pavlik on September 29. Estrada has to beat Luther Smith on Saturday night in Florida to keep that fight alive.

In the co-feature, DiBella's recently signed heavyweight prospect, Chazz Witherspoon (19-0, 13 knockouts) stopped Talmadge Griffis (24-7-3, 12 KOs) in the ninth round.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by elhijoprodigo on 07-28-2007

what's funny is how they realized it was damaged after the KD pfft

Comment by squealpiggy on 07-28-2007

[QUOTE=Elbichogrande;2551896]OMG! Ya give credit to Berto? What about when Cotto got staggered not floored by chop chop, ya were all over Cotto like flies on shit. plus the fact that Chop Chop has pop. Everbody was making outrageous threads saying…

Comment by elhijoprodigo on 07-28-2007

OMG! Ya give credit to Berto? What about when Cotto got staggered not floored by chop chop, ya were all over Cotto like flies on shit. plus the fact that Chop Chop has pop. Everbody was making outrageous threads saying…

Comment by squealpiggy on 07-28-2007

Boxing fandom is getting worse. It's bad enough that a fighter is only one loss away from being labelled a bum. Now it seems that a fighter getting knocked down is enough to forever label him a no-hoper. What was…

Comment by dwidsid3d on 07-28-2007

BERTO was known to have a shaky chin in the ameuters and was on the canvas a few times,where they use bigger gloves and headgear.LARRY MERCHANT mentioned that in the BERTO/MIGUEL FIGEROA fight that was aired on an HBO undercard.…

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