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This week in PBC Jabs, learn what it’s like to train like a champion as host Jordan Hardy hits the track in Las Vegas with “Showtime” Shawn Porter. Also, find out what 126-pound champion Lee Selby has been up to and how former champ Andre Berto is lending a helping hand in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
John Molina Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov were born just 53 weeks apart, made their professional debuts seven months apart in 2006 and they live about 25 miles from each other in Southern California.
It took him five years to avenge a loss that temporarily derailed his career. But after scoring a knockout win against bitter rival Victor Ortiz on Saturday night, Andre Berto simply described the victory as soul-soothing.
WIN vs Victor Ortiz
Apr 30, 2016 • StubHub Center, Carson, California
Victor Ortiz LOSES to Andre Berto by KO in Round 4 of 12
LOSS vs Floyd Mayweather Jr 48-0-0
Sep 12, 2015 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Floyd Mayweather Jr WINS against Andre Berto by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Josesito Lopez 33-6-0
Mar 13, 2015 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Josesito Lopez by KO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Steve Upsher Chambers 24-3-1
Sep 06, 2014 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Steve Upsher Chambers by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Jesus Soto Karass 27-8-3
Jul 27, 2013 • AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Andre Berto LOSES to Jesus Soto Karass by TKO in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Robert Guerrero 30-1-1
Nov 24, 2012 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Robert Guerrero WINS against Andre Berto by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jan Zaveck 31-1-0
Sep 03, 2011 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Jan Zaveck by RTD in Round 5 of 12
Loss vs Victor Ortiz 28-2-2
Apr 16, 2011 • Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Andre Berto LOSES to Victor Ortiz by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Freddy Hernandez 29-1-0
Nov 27, 2010 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Freddy Hernandez by TKO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Carlos Quintana 27-2-0
Apr 10, 2010 • BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Carlos Quintana by TKO in Round 8 of 12
Win vs Juan Urango 21-1-1
May 30, 2009 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Juan Urango by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Luis Collazo 29-3-0
Jan 17, 2009 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Luis Collazo by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Steve Forbes 33-6-0
Sep 27, 2008 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Steve Forbes by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Miguel Angel Rodriguez 29-2-0
Jun 21, 2008 • FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Miguel Angel Rodriguez by TKO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Michel Trabant 43-2-1
Feb 09, 2008 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Michel Trabant by RTD in Round 6 of 10
Win vs David Estrada 21-3-0
Sep 29, 2007 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Andre Berto WINS against David Estrada by TKO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Cosme Rivera 30-10-2
Jul 27, 2007 • City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Cosme Rivera by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Martinus Clay 12-14-2
May 19, 2007 • FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Martinus Clay by TKO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Norberto Bravo 23-12-3
Feb 17, 2007 • Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Norberto Bravo by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Miguel Figueroa 24-5-2
Dec 09, 2006 • Alltel Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Miguel Figueroa by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs James Crayton 34-22-2
Oct 21, 2006 • Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
Andre Berto WINS against James Crayton by KO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Roberto Valenzuela 37-25-2
Aug 05, 2006 • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Roberto Valenzuela by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Sammy Sparkman 18-14-1
Jun 17, 2006 • FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Sammy Sparkman by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Gerardo Cesar Prieto 5-3-1
May 17, 2006 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Gerardo Cesar Prieto by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Horatio Garcia 14-6-1
Apr 14, 2006 • Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Horatio Garcia by RTD in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Jonathan Tubbs 7-0-1
Feb 03, 2006 • Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Jonathan Tubbs by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Taronze Washington 8-2-0
Dec 03, 2005 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Taronze Washington by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Maurice Chalmers 6-6-1
Nov 04, 2005 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Maurice Chalmers by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs William Johnson 6-4-1
Oct 01, 2005 • St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA
Andre Berto WINS against William Johnson by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Anthony Little 4-1-0
Jun 09, 2005 • Grand Ballroom, New York, New York, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Anthony Little by TKO in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Tim Himes 4-0-0
May 06, 2005 • Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Tim Himes by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Daniel Neal 8-7-1
Feb 24, 2005 • Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Daniel Neal by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Edgar Galvan 1-2-1
Jan 28, 2005 • Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Edgar Galvan by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Joseph Benjamin 1-6-1
Jan 21, 2005 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Joseph Benjamin by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Michael Robinson 2-1-0
Dec 04, 2004 • Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Andre Berto WINS against Michael Robinson by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Andre “The Beast” Berto has been dominating in the ring ever since his father introduced him to boxing as a child. Following an impressive amateur career, the Florida native became a world champion at 147 pounds. After losing his title, though, Berto is hungrier than ever to reclaim his spot atop the division.
Berto wasn’t born in Haiti, but his heart lies in the troubled country from which his family emigrated in 1980.
The native of Winter Haven, Florida, began learning boxing at the age of 10 from his father, Dieuseul, a former professional mixed martial artist who fought in UFC 10 in 1996. (Older brother James Edson Berto and sister Revelina Berto both compete professionally in MMA.)
A decorated amateur
For Berto, boxing started as a way to stay out of trouble, but he quickly showed his skill in the ring.
He was a national Golden Gloves champion in 2001 and 2003, a three-time U.S. Amateur Championship medalist and won a bronze medal at the 2003 World Amateur Championships. He also won 22 state titles in Florida.
Berto entered the 2004 Olympic trials as the top-ranked American in the 152-pound division, and seemed a lock to make the Olympic squad, but he was disqualified in the fourth and final round of his opening bout when he shoved opponent Juan McPherson to the canvas.
Berto won a protest and was declared the winner, advancing to the next round, but USA Boxing officials reversed the ruling, eliminating him from the tournament. Berto then was allowed to compete for Haiti in the Olympics, but lost in the first round to Frenchman Xavier Noel.
Rising toward the top
Berto made his professional debut in Little Rock, Arkansas, in December 2004, gaining a third-round technical knockout of Michael Robinson.
He knocked out 13 of his first 15 opponents, and after gaining a sixth-round TKO of Miguel Figueroa in December 2006 he was named ESPN.com’s Prospect of the Year.
The hard-hitting Floridian continued his climb through the 147-pound division, winning tough bouts in 2007 against Norberto Bravo of The Contender, Cosme Rivera and David Estrada.
Berto got his first shot at a world championship in June 2008, when he fought Miguel Angel Rodriguez for the vacant 147-pound title in Memphis, Tennessee.
Berto won the belt with a seventh-round TKO, knocking Rodriguez to the canvas twice in the final round before the referee stopped the bout.
Coming to Haiti’s aid
Berto won 12-round unanimous decisions in his next three fights—against Steve Forbes, Luis Collazo and Juan Urango—to retain his title.
He was to defend his belt against Shane Mosley in a 147-pound unification bout in January 2010, but withdrew after a mammoth earthquake hit Haiti that month.
With an uncle and seven other family members killed in the disaster, Berto and his brother Cleveland joined a group called Project Medishare, which brought doctors and medical equipment from the United States, and flew to Haiti four days later to help in the relief effort.
"It was all dust and rubble," Berto told the Los Angeles Times in 2011. "There was house after house, just crushed to the ground. It felt like I had walked into a war zone. It was a nightmare, a completely different place."
Fighting for titles
Berto returned to action in April 2010, gaining an eighth-round TKO of Carlos Quintana in Sunrise, Florida.
He then gained a first-round TKO of Freddy Hernandez in Las Vegas in November 2010 for his fifth consecutive title defense.
Berto suffered his first professional defeat and lost his belt in April 2011 when Victor Ortiz won a 12-round unanimous decision in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The Ring called the action-packed bout the Fight of the Year after Berto was floored in Round 1, Ortiz was dropped in Round 2, and both fighters went to the canvas in Round 6.
Following the loss, Berto fought Jan Zaveck for a world title in Biloxi, Mississippi, in September 2011.
Berto emerged as a champion once again when Zaveck’s corner stopped the fight after the fifth round because the Slovenian’s right eye was badly swollen.
Dealing with adversity
Berto relinquished his belt instead of facing mandatory challenger Randall Bailey because he wanted to avenge his loss to Ortiz.
The rematch was planned for June 2012, but was canceled a month before the bout.
In his return to the ring, Berto lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Robert Guerrero in November 2012 in a bid for the vacant 147-pound title.
He then lost by 12th-round TKO to Jesus Soto Karass in July 2013 after knocking him down in Round 11.
Berto injured his right shoulder early in the fight against Karass and underwent surgery to repair the torn tendon in August 2013.
He didn’t resume fighting until September 2014, when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over Steve Upsher Chambers in Cincinnati.
A strong showing in his PBC debut
Berto continued his comeback against Josesito Lopez on March 13, 2015, fighting on the first Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV.
Competing practically in Lopez's backyard at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, Berto started slowly as his opponent won the early rounds.
Berto picked up the pace in the fourth and began to hit Lopez with pinpoint precision.
Utilizing both his power and speed, Berto dropped Lopez in the sixth with an overhand right.
Lopez continued after the knockdown, but Berto floored him again seconds later with another right, prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight and give Berto his 30th professional win.
“We plan to avoid pain, disappointment or failure. Not realizing that sometimes destiny requires all of those things.”