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Berto is Not Worried About Ortiz's Promise of an Early KO

By Luis Sandoval

Things got a little testy during the recent Los Angeles press conference to announce the rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, which takes place on June 23rd at the world famous Staples Center. Ortiz promised his second fight with Berto would still have him as the winner but it would be a much shorter fight than their first twelve round "Fight of the Year" battle. Berto scoffed at Ortiz’s statement that he would knock him out this time around and both traded words during their stare down.

BoxingScene.com caught up with Andre Berto and asked about what he thought about Ortiz declaring the fight would be short and would knock him out. 

“That’s just him. He said the same thing about Floyd. He said the same thing about the last few guys that he lost to. It is what it is” said Berto.

Both fighters are known for packing a punch and proof of that was both of them taking turns tasting the canvas in their first fight. Ortiz has knockdown almost every opponent he’s been in the ring with but Berto isn’t as impressed with his power.

“He has a good punch. I’m not going to say that he has a big punch. He has a good punch. From a few of my other opponents I believe a few who guys punch harder than he did” informed Berto.

Berto has said this fight is personal for him. After all, it was Ortiz who handed him first professional loss and took his world title in the same instance. This fight is so important to him that he vacated his newly acquired IBF Welterweight title in order to make this fight happen. He’ll have his opportunity to avenge his only loss on June 23rd.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mars Volta on 04-20-2012

Lying ***git he said he was going to outbox Vic

Comment by Leohappy on 04-20-2012

berto should be worried. i haven't seen much improvement from him since the first fight.

Comment by EdWins on 04-20-2012

I just hate that this fight took so long to finally happen. Berto with his facking injuries >_> well, hopefully it turns out to be as good as the first or better. I really don't like either of these guys…

Comment by Best in Boxing on 04-20-2012

I hope Ortiz is thinking this will be an easy fight for him. I'm sure it's all mind games that he's trying to play, but if he's taking Berto lightly at all, i think Berto will get him. Berto looks…

Comment by leonthegee on 04-20-2012

This is the fight I want to see behind Cotto/May ofcourse. Berto needs to learn how to slip punches instead of sitting there with his hands up. Move that head. Ortiz is a decent puncher and he has knock down…

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