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Berto-Porter to be Announced, For April 22 at Barclays Center

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Another welterweight fight at Barclays Center will be officially announced Saturday, a few hours before a better, bigger welterweight showdown takes place at the Brooklyn venue.

A press conference has been scheduled for late Saturday afternoon to announce that former welterweight champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter will meet in a main event April 22 at Barclays Center. Showtime will televise Berto-Porter, a 12-round fight that took several months to get made.

The 29-year-old Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs), a former IBF welterweight champion from Akron, Ohio, hasn’t fought since Keith Thurman beat him by unanimous decision June 25 at Barclays Center and has boxed just once since he defeated Adrian Broner by unanimous decision in June 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Thurman-Porter was widely considered one of the best action fights of 2016 and led Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), the WBA world 147-pound champion, toward his welterweight title unification fight against Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs), the WBC world welterweight champion, on Saturday night at Barclays Center (CBS; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

The 33-year-old Berto hasn’t been active recently, either. Berto (31-4, 24 KOs), a former WBC welterweight champion from Winter Haven, Florida, has boxed just once since Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominated him in their September 2015 fight in Las Vegas, after which Mayweather retired.

Berto knocked out rival Victor Ortiz in the fourth round of that fight, which took place April 30 in Carson, California. By winning that rematch, Berto avenged his 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) in their memorable WBC welterweight title fight five years earlier in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Real King Kong on 03-04-2017

[QUOTE=JASON SHAW;17471974]WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING? DONT YOU READ THE 24/7 HATE THAT PBC AND HAYMON HAVE BEEN GETTING FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS?? SOME INSECURE FAN BOYS CANT STAND THAT A BLACK HARVARD EDUCATED DUDE RUNS BOXING NOW.....:boxing: EVEN…

Comment by JASON SHAW on 03-04-2017

[QUOTE=considerthis;17471837]Why would any fans be nervous about good boxing on free tv?[/QUOTE] WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING? DONT YOU READ THE 24/7 HATE THAT PBC AND HAYMON HAVE BEEN GETTING FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS?? SOME INSECURE FAN BOYS CANT…

Comment by AddiX on 03-04-2017

This is a good fight, that makes sense for both fighters. I think their styles will mesh will.

Comment by Real King Kong on 03-04-2017

[QUOTE=JASON SHAW;17471363]I AM AN ANTI MISMATCH PPV GUY... THATS WHAT GOLDEN GIRL HOMOTIONS AND TOP PRANK HAVE BEEN DOING FOR A DECADE.... PBC AND THEIR STACKED FREE CARS HAVE SOME RACIST FAN BOYS NERVOUS I UNDERSTAND.....:boxing:[/QUOTE] Why would any fans…

Comment by JASON SHAW on 03-04-2017

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;17471381]Porter hasn't fought in 8 or 9 months, by his fight date, it would have been 10 or so months. In all that time before this fight being signed, he could have signed to fight a number of fighters. He…

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