Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz is Reportedly Lowballed By HBO

By Rick Reeno

Promoters Lou DiBella and Richard Schaefer, the CEO for Golden Boy Promotions, have confirmed that there are ongoing discussions for a possible fight between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21KOs) and top-rated 140-pounder Victor Ortiz (28-2, 22KOs). The tentative date is April 16.

"I am talking with Richard about the fight. I think it's a great fight," DiBella told "I've heard Victor is possibly having trouble with making 140-pounds and wants to go to welterweight. He won't be the smaller guy in the fight. When they get in the ring, Ortiz will outweight Berto. Ortiz weighed like 156-pounds for his last fight [by the time he stepped in the ring with Lamont Peterson]."

Besides a possible weight advantage, Ortiz is actually taller and has a longer reach than Berto.

While the promoters continue to negotiate, industry insiders have advised BoxingScene that HBO presented a "lowball" offer when the network was approached with the idea of a Berto-Ortiz showdown.

The upcoming 140-pound unification between Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander, which HBO will televise on January 29, reportedly received $2.7 million from the network. One industry insider told BoxingScene the offer for Berto-Ortiz is "not even remotely close to being in the same ball park" as Bradley-Alexander.

DiBella refused to discuss the financial details of his conversations with HBO.

"I won't negotiate through the media. We are still talking with HBO. I will say this, I guarantee this fight will do a higher rating on HBO than Bradley-Alexander," DiBella said. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jrosales13 on 01-15-2011

[QUOTE=Buffalo;9959350]What triangle theory? Do you read in infared or something? You always seem to see stuff that isn't there. I said what you said, but I did it in one sentence. By saying cintron kicks their a.....s I was saying…

Comment by EL ANIMAL on 01-15-2011

this article is a joke! this fight wont happen

Comment by Johnny Doomzday on 01-15-2011

Berto is a joke.

Comment by MuckMuck on 01-15-2011

This is why GBP will never topple Top Rank. GBP has no clue how to build a fighter. Victor Ortiz is one of their top investments. So after his last fight that ended in a draw, GBP is making him…

Comment by Yessum on 01-15-2011

[QUOTE=-GBGQ-;9954283]But they buy Lee v Duddy.....HBO, WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING?!?!?[/QUOTE] i have no doubt that they are getting lee/duddy at a steal.

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