Zaveck vs Berto IBF Title Bout Lands in Biloxi, Miss.

By Ryan Maquiñana

According to promoter Lou DiBella, the venue for the Sept. 3 IBF welterweight title fight between incumbent champ Jan Zaveck and his client, Andre Berto, has been finalized to take place at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss.

“You’re the first one to be hearing this,” DiBella said.  “Andre’s returning to the same place where he fought [Luis] Collazo [in 2009].”

Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) is coming off a Fight of the Year candidate in April where he lost his WBC welterweight belt to Victor Ortiz via unanimous decision.  Meanwhile, Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs), a German-based Slovenian, will be making the fourth defense of a title he took from Isaac Hlatshwayo in December 2009.

“This is another type of defining fight for Andre,” DiBella added.  “How does he bounce back from disappointment?  How does he bounce back from losing his belt?  He’s got to watch Victor Ortiz fight Floyd Mayweather in a big money fight from Biloxi, Mississippi, knowing it could have been him, had he been himself that night.”

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.  E-mail him at [email protected] , contact him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by [email protected] on 07-29-2011

Why is this fight being fought in the US???? This should be in slovenia in front of 20K people, not in biloxi in front of 100 red necks!!!! Berto cant draw flies to ****!!!!

Comment by hotboy18 on 07-29-2011

Berto will be back and better than before in this next bout. Im ready to see Berto with his title again.

Comment by Boomy on 07-28-2011

Hi and greetings from Slovenia! ;) Dejan has been wearing the World Champion’s belt for 18 months already by now. A bit dissapointed because we could not get your heroes to fight our champion here. As I've seen that some…

Comment by giacomino on 07-28-2011

[QUOTE=whatismyname;10909697]so a loss = titleshot? way to go boxing.... He should've tried senchenko[/QUOTE] Senchenko? He will never, ever fight anyone with a pulse. Although he has talent, he is the biggest fraudulent champion in boxing today because he has been…

Comment by flipbjefrox on 07-28-2011

berto has a huge fanbase in MI expect a sell out crowd

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