Lem Satterfield

Ortiz-Berto II on Showtime

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Showtime has purchased the rights to televise the rematch between RING No. 3-rated welterweight Victor Ortiz and RING No. 4 rated Andre Berto either on Jan. 28 or Feb. 11, according to ESPN.com.

The 28-year-old Berto (28-1, 22 knockouts) announced that he has vacated his IBF belt in favor of the shot at revenge against Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs), who dethroned Berto as WBC titleholder by unanimous decision in April on HBO.

Berto had rebounded from his loss to Ortiz by dethroning Jan Zaveck as IBF titleholder by fifth-round knockout in September, stopping Zaveck for the first time in his career, also on HBO.

Ortiz, meanwhile, lost that WBC crown following a fourth-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., THE RING’s No. 2-rated pound-for-pound boxer, in September on HBO Pay Per View.

Showtime purchased the Berto-Ortiz rematch for $2.25 million, according to ESPN.com, which cited a source involved in the fight. HBO’s offer was $2.15 million.

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

 

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