By Ryan Maquiñana
Despite rupturing his left bicep during sparring on Monday, Andre Berto will not go through surgery, per his nutritionist Victor Conte.
“[Trainer] Tony [Morgan] said he was told eight to 12 weeks for recovery,” Conte informed BoxingScene.com. “It’s a tendon tear near his left armpit.”
Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), out of Winter Haven, Fla., was training at the Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys, Calif., in preparation for his rematch against Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) when he felt a pop in his bicep after throwing a left hook that landed on the top of his sparring partner’s head.
The current welterweight titlist has already had surgery on the same bicep two years ago, although in this instance the injury was in a different location. Now the question becomes where he will stage his rehab.
“Tony is already in Florida, but Berto is at his home in L.A.,” Conte added. “Tony did say he plans to go back to Winter Haven at some point soon, but things could change.”
Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (CSNBayArea.com). He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at www.maqdown.com, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.