The last time Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto fought, they delivered the 2011 Fight of The Year winner which had both men going down twice in an epic brawl at the Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Five years later, the two will collide again at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California to settle unfinished business.
Ortiz got the last laugh in their 2011 fight not only because he won a world title by defeating Berto but because that victory earned him a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. Unfortunately for Ortiz, a mental mistake cost him the Mayweather bout. The Mayweather loss led to two more KO defeats to Josesito Lopez and Luis Collazo, but after winning his last two bouts by stoppage, The Vicious One gets another crack at Berto and take care of their unfinished business.
Getting Back To The Top
Berto has likewise gotten a shot at Mayweather and it happened in the latter’s swansong bout. Berto lost by a wide unanimous decision and he too has struggled since losing to Ortiz in 2011. Berto is 3-3 in his last six bouts but won an IBF 147 pound title in between. The Haitian power puncher has 23 KO’s in 30 wins, but at age 32 and a long hard-fought career, this may be Berto’ last chance at getting back to the top of the pile. It would be but fitting for Berto to do that against Ortiz, the man who dealt him his first professional boxing defeat.
Expect Another Explosive Fight
Like Berto, Ortiz is known for his explosive power. The Expendables 3 movie star has 24 KOs in 31 wins. But most of Ortiz’s KOs came when he was a light welterweight prospect. He stopped foes like Nate Campbell and Vivian Harris but on the other hand, Ortiz got knocked out by Josesito Lopes and Luis Collazo. It will be interesting which Victor Ortiz shows up against Andre Berto.
Berto meanwhile, has been a welterweight since winning bronze medal in the World Amateur Championships in 2003. He’s won two world titles at 147 pounds and defended the WBC welterweight 5 times before losing to Ortiz in 2011. Berto’s beaten guys like Steve Forbes, Juan Urango, Luis Collazo, Freddy Hernandez and Zan Zaveck. He’s fighting in a weight class he’s always been comfortable at. Having said that, Berto should have the edge over Victor Ortiz.