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.
The first time Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto got together, the stakes were sky high, as both were slugging it out for Berto’s 147-pound title and a spot in the upper echelon of the division.
Leading into his April 2011 clash with Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto’s career couldn’t have possibly been in a better position.
Four years ago, Victor Ortiz was 24, had been defeated just twice in 32 fights and was rising from 140 to 147 pounds to challenge an unbeaten titleholder. What’s more, Ortiz’s 28-2-2 record at the time included 22 knockouts, with three of the stoppages coming in his previous five fights, in which he went 4-0-1.
Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto ready to war some more in highly anticipated rematch of 2011 Fight of the Year
Five years after one of the most scintillating scraps of the decade, a now-classic throwdown that radiated the intensity of a barroom brawl sans the airborne beer bottles and arrest reports, Andre Berto is comparing the man he battled in the 2011 Fight of the Year to a certain winged pest.