By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) is expecting to trade punches with fellow former welterweight champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) on a yet to be determined date in April.
According to Porter, he's yet to receive the official date and no network has been finalized at the moment.
"They are telling me April. No network or specific date. I go all the way back looking at him being an Olympian. I just think that everything is lined up and it makes sense to make the fight. His style and everything about him, being a warrior, being quick and being fast. All of those problems for everyone else. I look forward to showing to the world that it doesn't present problems for me," Porter said.
Porter has been out of the ring since June of last year, when he lost a close twelve round decision to WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Berto has been out of the ring since last April, when he stopped Victor Ortiz in the four round of their rematch. And in September 2015, Berto lost a twelve round decision in what was ultimately the final career fight of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Porter believes the winner of the fight should be guaranteed a world title opportunity - specifically against the winner of the March WBA/WBC unification between Thurman and Danny Garcia.
"Yes definitely. I fought in my last fight for a belt. His last fight was against Mayweather, another great fighter, so we're both in line to fight in an eliminator, even if it's unofficial. And the winner could fight either Keith Thurman or Danny Garcia," Berto said.
"I don't think Betro will move as much against me [as Thurman did]. I don't want to go tit for tat with this guy, but it can be that kind of fight."
Porter is very friendly with Berto and says there is absolutely no animosity between the two.
"We're cool enough that I have his number in my back pocket, cool enough that we'll see each other out here and it's all love," Porter said. "[Talk of this fight] goes all the way back to October, that we first called for Andre Berto. Then about a month ago we did a co-call, face-time with the guy and said let's fight. He said he wanted to fight, but the business had to make sense."