Who follows for Andre Berto after KO of Victor Ortiz?
By Daniel Zaldivar
May 1, 2016
Andre Berto achieved the revenge that he has been waiting for since suffering his most memorable loss back in 2011, as he once again stepped into the ring with Victor Ortiz and was able to stop him in the fourth round on Saturday April 30, from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
This rematch should have happened in the summer of 2012, however, Berto failed two tests by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after traces of norandrosterone -- an anabolic steroid sometimes found in the body in small quantities were found in his urine. Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) lost the first meeting via unanimous decision and had not been the same since. Ortiz, as a result of the victory, landed a chance to step across from Floyd Mayweather Jr. later that same year, but found himself getting knocked out in the fourth round.
Five years later after their initial match, both fighters came together to prove they still belong amongst the competitive welterweight division. The fireworks continued as Ortiz was busted open after an accidental headbutt in the opening round. After his corner stopped the bleeding, Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) dropped Berto with a straight left hand in the following round with 13 seconds left. Two rounds later, Ortiz found himself telling referee Jack Reese he did not want to continue after tasting the canvas twice from Berto shots.
The third matchup is now inevitable as each now possesses one win a piece. However, Berto might now be in the mix for a fight against a top welterweight title holder. Danny Garcia, who currently holds the WBC World welterweight title and was also on the broadcast team for this fight, is now being rumored for a potential bout with Berto, which should be one of Garcia's toughest test. Garcia is undefeated and Berto being able to hand him his first professional loss and securing another world title would surely elevate his status back into the elite of the division. If Garcia doesn't follow, names such as Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Adrien Broner, or even Amir Khan could possibly find themselves in the ring with Berto sometime later this year.
Ortiz, 29, now has four losses in his last six fights, dating back to his his fight with Mayweather in September of 2011. Both athletes needed this win in order to keep their name relevant in the sport, and Berto ended up prevailing. Ortiz stated after the bout that he now needs a vacation, but should be back sooner or later against a lesser known opponent in order to get back into the victory column. With such a talented division of fighters, Berto will have his hands full with whoever is next to stand across the ring from him.
Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & page2sports.com. He is the founder and CEO of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YoutTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews
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