Andre Berto announced his return to full-time training from shoulder surgery on Thursday and will end a 13-month ring absence on Sept. 6 as part of a Showtime tripleheader from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A two-time welterweight titlewinner who turns 31 in September, Berto had surgery last August to repair a ruptured subscapularis (under the shoulder blade) tendon that he suffered during a 12th-round stoppage loss to Jesus Soto Karass in July 2013.
The most recent surgery had followed a previous one to repair a ruptured left biceps in February 2012.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since my surgery,” Berto, who is being trained by Virgil Hunter in Oakland, Calif, stated in a press release. “The last 12 months have definitely been hard, but I have learned a lot about myself and the sport since my last fight.”
Berto (28-3, 22 knockouts) will face an opponent to be determined on a card co-headlined by the Adrien Broner-Emmanuel Taylor and Lucas Matthysse-Roberto Ortiz junior welterweight bouts in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati.
“Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game,” said Berto. “I can’t wait to put all of that in to play on Sept. 6.”