Andre Berto suffered an arm injury while training on Monday that could, depending upon its severity, cancel the former welterweight titleholder’s anticipated rematch with Victor Ortiz on Feb. 11.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com broke the news that will surely upset fight fans who were looking forward to the return bout. Their first fight, which Ortiz won by close unanimous decision last April, was a 2011 fight-of-the-year candidate.
Team Berto, which has used the Ten Goose gym in Van Nuys, Calif., to prepare for the Showtime-televised rematch, is being tight-lipped about what caused the injury and which arm was hurt in the event the 28-year-old veteran is able to finish camp and go through with the fight.
However, it was severe enough for Berto to be taken to the hospital, where his manager Al Haymon met him on Monday evening, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, the co-promoter of the event.
Schaefer told RingTV.com that he doesn’t know how bad the injury is yet, but he believes it’s premature to discuss the cancelation of the bout.
“I’m supposed to get a call from Haymon later tonight with a prognosis, so I’m just waiting to hear something,” Schaefer said. “Hopefully, he can fight. I don’t want to think negatively and say that the fight is off before we know for sure.
“We will probably make a formal announcement of what’s going on sometime on Tuesday.”
Schaefer said it is too late to find a replacement opponent for Ortiz in the event that Berto is not able to fight, thus the show, which is to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, would be canceled without Berto’s involvement.