Alexander, Berto Believe Winner Will Get Welterweight Title Shot

By Keith Idec

Devon Alexander and Andre Berto both believe the winner of their fight Saturday night will get a welterweight title shot.

The 12-round, 147-pound bout between the 31-year-old Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) and the 34-year-old Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) isn’t a championship elimination match. But according to these former welterweight champions, it might as well be a title eliminator in Uniondale, New York.

“Me and my coach never shy away from any challenge, any opponent, anybody, my whole career,” Alexander said during a recent conference call. “So this fight can catapult us to a world title shot and that’s my goal. That’s my goal. When I made my comeback, that was my goal, to get a world title and that’s what I’m focusing on.

berto-alexander-weights (3)

“I’m hungry. I just turned 31. I’m hungry and I feel refreshed, I feel vibrant, and I just wanna show people that I’m still one of the elite welterweights in the division. I’m still right here. I’m still the same Devon Alexander people saw four or five years ago. So this fight, this win, will, and it should, put me in a title fight soon.”

Kevin Cunningham, Alexander’s trainer and manager, hopes a victory over Berto leads the former IBF welterweight champ toward a shot at WBA 147-pound champ Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC).

St. Louis’ Alexander is 1-0-1 since completing treatment for an opioid addiction that caused a two-year layoff. His last fight resulted in a dubious draw, but Alexander was widely viewed as the winner of his 12-round fight against Victor Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs) on February 17 in El Paso, Texas.

Berto, of Winter Haven, Florida, will end a 15-month layoff Saturday night. The former WBC welterweight champ hasn’t boxed since Shawn Porter stopped him in the ninth round of their April 2017 fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I believe in myself and Devon,” Berto said. “We’re at a place that our names are heavy enough in the game that it could just lead us directly to a title shot. So this is an important fight on both ends. I’ve known Devon for a long time, since the amateurs. I’ve known Kevin since the amateurs, and Devon’s brother [Vaughn], actually.

“So I've got much respect for those guys. I haven't really got too much of the trash talking and crazy sh*t to say, but I know they're gonna come prepared because on this side we're definitely prepared. So I believe it’s just gonna be a tremendous fight.”

The Alexander-Berto bout will headline a FOX telecast from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The broadcast, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, also will include a 10-round super middleweight match that’ll pit former WBO middleweight champ Peter Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KOs) against J’Leon Love (24-1-1, 13 KOs).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 08-05-2018

Berto would be easy win for Thurman.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 08-05-2018

What would be the point?

Comment by Jerzz on 08-04-2018

Berto/Alexander vs Thurman Spence vs Mikey Garcia Pacman vs Khan in UK (most profitable for Pac) Danny Garcia vs Porter Bud Crawford vs Broner

Comment by kiaba360 on 08-04-2018

Obviously, the winner will be fed to Spence or a returning Thurman.

Comment by wildman on 08-04-2018

Battle of the has-beens. All in all, an irrelevant fight. Unfortunately in today's boxing climate, the winner probably will get a major fight.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (22)
Top Headlines Chavez Sr: Canelo-Golovkin Has High Possibility of KO Ending Deontay Wilder: The Fury Fight is Real, The Fury Fight is On Photos: Cancio-Zenunaj, Kamegai-Vendetti - ESPN Weigh-In Verdejo: Chemistry With Cotto is Very Good, I'm Eager To Fight Joe Joyce Excited With Al Haymon Deal, Plans U.S. Debut Subriel Matias, Breidis Prescott - Face To Face in Puerto Rico Tyson Fury Reveals Secret Meeting With Bellew, Hearn's Plan Photos: Jesse Hart vs. Gavronski, Shakur Stevenson Final Presser Jon Fernandez vs. O’Shaquie Foster Tops ShoBox Triple, Sept. 21 Photos: Bryant Jennings, Alexander Dimitrenko - Face To Face Canelo: One-Year Layoff Won’t Affect Me At All Against Golovkin Porter Has Serious Doubts That Danny Garcia Will Go Toe To Toe Selina Barrios vs. Patricia Juarez on September 22 in Texas Tyson Fury: Joshua Wouldn't Fight Me For Any Amount Of Money Photos: Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson - Final Press Conference Jackson, Coach Inspired By Alvarez's Knockout of Kovalev Photos: Shawn Porter Putting in Work For Danny Garcia Eddie Gomez Signs With Split-T Management Kubrat Pulev Claims To Be Free, Parts Ways With Team Sauerland Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson Go Face To Face at Final Presser Mladen Miljas Inks Promotional Pact With Greg Cohen Joshua Ordered By WBO To Make Mandatory After Povetkin McCrory Believes Tyson Fury Was Victim of a Press Campaign Warren: Real Answer Is Joshua's Team Doesn't Want Wilder Fight De La Hoya: GGG's Mexican Style A Gimmick; Canelo's Fans Loyal Doheny Upsets Iwasa; Wins Unanimous Decision, IBF Title Haye Backs Tyson Fury: I Hope He Gets Back To Former Glory Luke Jackson Very Confident: Boxing Has Been My Parents! Cummings Insists He Can Reach The Top, No Excuses For Defeat Tyson Fury: I Have To Raise My Game To Win a World Title De La Hoya: Canelo Beat Golovkin 115-113, GGG Can't Adjust! Doheny: Iwasa May Have Reach Advantage, But I Have The Power Rosales vs. Barnes and The Ongoing Flyweight Reset De La Hoya: Hopkins Will Cheer Canelo To Derail Record Attempt Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return Canelo: I'll Look to KO Golovkin From Very First Round of Rematch Oleksandr Teslenko, Nicholson, Ivan Golub in Action in AC Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos on September 28, ShoBox Photos: Bryant Jennings, Hart, Dimitrenko, Stevenson - Workouts

Latest Active Forum Threads