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 Last update:  8/26/2011       Read more by David Rosenberg            &
   
Andre Berto Not Concerned With Critics Over Conte Use
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ByDavid "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

In the aftermath of his loss to Victor Ortiz back in April, Andre Berto wasnt shy about expressing his thoughts. The former welterweight champ suggested, through several twitter posts, that Ortiz had been able to withstand his punches and fight with such energy because he was taking performance enhancing drugs.

Now, it seems that Berto isnt concerned with opening himself up to such allegations with the recent addition of Victor Conte to his training team. Conte, of course, is the notorious founder of BALCO who pleaded guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering in one of the biggest drug scandals to hit sports.

Conte has become kind of a curious figure these days. After serving time in federal prison, hes gone legit and is trying to rebuild his reputation by helping pro athletes again with advice on legal nutritional supplements, including a number of fighters. Berto is the latest. In a conference call on Thursday to hype his Sept. 3 showdown with IBF welterweight champ, Jan Zaveck, Berto happily discussed his association with Conte, and how hes helping him prepare for the fight in Biloxi.

Its just about getting my nutrition right, Berto said on what role Conte is playing in his camp. Before, I didnt do much with nutrition. I just trained hard, but the nutritional aspect is so important with protein shakes and vitamins, and [without a focus on nutrition] it started taking a toll after a while.

Berto said that he discovered he was anemic after undergoing blood testing under Conte after the narrow loss to Ortiz, and blamed his penchant for getting tired late in fights on the condition.

Since working with Conte, I feel great, Berto said. I feel the difference when it comes to training. I do a lot of sprint training, and condition wise, I feel great. I feel stupid that I was behind the curve when it came to this kind of stuff and a little old fashion.
Berto dismissed Contes troublesome past and the fear that some may associate him with performance enhancing drugs now that hes brought Conte into the fold.

Hes had a rough past but I know everything hes done [with me] is legal, Berto said.
How does he know?

If someone is sticking a needle in your ass, you know that something is different, Berto said. I know that what Im doing is legit. No ones sticking a needle in my ass.

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comment by dawge, on 08-27-2011
[QUOTE=Imhotep]For your information there was blacks on fight hype radio who believe Zab was on something cause he chose to use Victor Conte as his conditioner. And the reason Blacks don`t jump on fighters who work or worked with Conte is because Andre Ward who works with Conte supports Ol...

comment by Imhotep, on 08-27-2011
[QUOTE=Mr. Fantastic]It's funny how some black fans don't seem to jump and criticize boxers working with Conte but imagine if Pac were to of been working with Conte, all hell would break loose. They talk mad crap about Donaire already. FYI I'm not Pinoy.[/QUOTE] For your information th...

comment by Imhotep, on 08-27-2011
Its funny how the same people who say"there`s no proof Pac is on PED`s" is accusing Berto of going with Conte so he can be on PED`s.What happen to the "there`s no proof Berto is taking something" And i also find it funny how 2 or 3 of Freddie Roaches fighters that he trained got caught with ...

comment by mshap, on 08-27-2011
same old BS -- why should a cheater and liar like Berto be "concerned" since he has every reasonable expectation of getting away with taking all this stuff?

comment by tostao, on 08-26-2011
hope same happens to berto as to the recent conte's client zab judah so that will keep young athletes from damaging their health . Conte is banned from all olympic sports , why should he be in professional boxing ???

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