Andre Berto vs Victor Ortiz 2: Make or breakWritten by Leroy Cleveland
When rivals and former world champions Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KO) and Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KO ) meet for their rematch on April 30 in Carson, CA, the winner will go forward while the loser may be written off as a relevant commodity in the sport.
Both men were once thought to be future superstars... and both have come up short thus far.
In 2011, Berto and Ortiz faced off on HBO with the latter winning a thrilling 'Fight of The Year' candidate.
Victor not only handed Berto his first career defeat that evening, he went on to face fight icon Floyd Mayweather Jr later that year and would eventually became a mainstream celebrity of sorts.
However, after being knocked out by Floyd in that September 2011 bout, Ortiz's boxing career would spiral downward as underwear and cologne endorsements outside the ring became more plentiful than victories inside it.
And rival Andre Berto's stock has also plummeted immensely since 2011. Once considered by many as boxing's best prospect, Berto's fall from pugilistic grace has mimicked Victor's, sans the endorsements of course.
Because their names still carry some weight in the boxing community, the winner of Berto vs Ortiz 2 will live another day and perhaps get the opportunity to fight on a bigger stage against the likes of Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, Tim Bradley or Adrien Broner.
Since their epic showdown five years ago, neither fighter has been very active. The 32 year old Berto is 3-3 while Ortiz, now 29, is 2-3. However, both are determined to restore their respective previous identifies as elite-level world champions.
Berto vs Ortiz 2
Date: April 30
Location: Carson, CA
Venue: Stub Hub Center
Rounds: 10 or 12
- Ortiz is comming off two straight knockout wins
- Berto has won his last two of three bouts and has been stopped inside the distance once, presumably a shoulder injury played a role