Can Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto Live Up to the Hype?


Former WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2 with 22 KOs) will face former WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (28-1 with 22 KOs) in a highly anticipated rematch of one of the best fights of 2011 on June 23rd at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

Showtime will be televising the fight. The bout that was initially scheduled for February 11th and was going to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas but had to be rescheduled due to a bicep injury suffered by Berto shortly before the bout was to take place. The reason for the move from Las Vegas to Los Angeles according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer was due in part to demand.

“Although Las Vegas is the fight capital of the world, Staples Center in Los Angeles is one of the premier facilities in the world. There were a large number of ticket request for the fight when it was scheduled for Vegas, but they came from Southern California,"  said Schaefer.

The stakes are very high for this fight due to the fact that the winner will be in line for a big money fight and the loser will fall to the back of the pack. If Ortiz wins again as he did via unanimous decision in their donnybrook last year, it will be difficult but not impossible to sell a rematch to the public between him and Floyd Mayweather (42-0 with 26 KOs) should he win as expected next month against Miguel Cotto (37-2 with 30 KOs).

The controversial ending to their fight last year would of course be the selling point. Should Berto emerge victorious, a fight against Mayweather would be a possibility sometime either at the end of this year or sometime in 2013. Of course, there is always the possibility that if the second fight is on par with the first fight in regards to excitement and action, a rubber match could be in order in the event that Berto won.

It will be interesting to see if Ortiz is able to...

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