By Rick Reeno
The anticipated welterweight rematch between Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) and Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs) will indeed receive a new date, according to Berto's promoter Lou DiBella. On January 30th, Berto suffered a left arm injury while training at the Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys, California. Berto was preparing for the rematch with Ortiz, previously set for February 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. During a sparring session, Berto injured his left bicep.
DiBella told BoxingScene that a possible date in late June "sounds about right."
They first clashed on April 16th at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Both boxers were knocked down twice in a twelve round brawl. Ortiz won a unanimous decision. The first fight was televised by HBO, but their network rival Showtime has secured the rights to the rematch.
"The rematch will happen. Berto will not require any surgery. Berto-Ortiz will take place in about four months. There will not be any interim fights. They are going straight into the rematch," DiBella told BoxingScene.com.