In May, Berto (28-1, 22 knockouts), a former IBF and WBC 147-pound titlewinner, tested positive for the banned substance norandrosterone, forcing the cancelation of a remacth against Victor Ortiz that was scheduled for June.
But in July, Berto, 29, was granted a one-year license by the California State Athletic Commission to fight in the state after having tested negative for “anabolic steroids and masking agents.”
Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs), who is 39, is coming off June’s Showtime-televised seventh-round stoppage of Cory Spinks, whom he originally dethroned by fifth-round stoppage in August of 2010.
“I believe that he’s going to fight Cornelius Bundrage on Nov. 24,” said Lou DiBella. “That’s what I believe.”
According to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Berto is also among those being considered for a shot at WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), who is coming off a controversial split decision in June that dethroned Manny Pacquiao as the WBO’s welterweight titleholder and ended his 15-bout winning streak.
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