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Rising Star Andre Berto

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LOS ANGELES, CA, March 19 – In our first segment of “Rising Star,” we are proud to feature welterweight Andre Berto (17-0, 15KO’s). Currently undefeated, Berto, who is only 23 years old, has produced knockouts in all but two of his professional bouts. With lightning speed and power, Berto is one of the most exciting fighters we’ve seen in a long time. Having participated in the 2004 Olympic games, Berto is a two-time National Golden Gloves Champion, a three-time US amateur champion, a two-time national PAL champion and won a bronze medal at the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Berto made his pro debut on April 12th, 2004.

His exciting fighting style and ring generalship have caught the eyes of many in the boxing world. Resembling the hand-speed of Sugar Ray Leonard and the power of Marvin Haggler, Berto has a bright future ahead of him.
Andre, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Tell us about your experiences at the Olympics?
It was great to go to the Olympics. Going to the Olympics was a dream come true for me. Growing up as a kid I always watched it [Olympic Games] and it was definitely a dream come true to walk in the open ceremony and compete. It definitely was a lifelong goal that I achieved.

How has the transition been from the Amateurs to becoming a professional fighter?

I believe the transition was a little easier for me because even in the amateurs I had more of a professional style. Growing up I trained and sparred with pros. The amateurs point system was a little different so it took some time to adjust my style. But now in the pros, I feel like I’m at home, I just had to make a slight transition.

Who are some of the pros that you train with?

Since going pro, I worked a lot with Winky Wright , Jeff Lacy, Chad Dawson, Sharmba Mitchell.
They all have quite different styles. Are you able to pull things from them and how much have they contributed to your performances?
I’ve learned so much from those guys. I try to go in there and learn every time. Winky is one of the best southpaws ever in the game and Lacy is more compact, a lot of power. You know, Chad Dawson is a southpaw, has a lot of range. I try to take a little bit from all those guys and incorporate them in my own style. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from them.
Who were some of your idols growing up?
I am a student of the game – I loved Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Haggler, Tyson, Ray Robinson and Jack Johnson.
You have a very exciting boxing style and have knocked-out all but two of your opponents. Do you look for KOs?
I believe that it really comes naturally. I don’t look to go in there and go crazy and overwhelm my opponent. I try to be dominant. For me when I step in that ring, its my spirit to go out there and try to be dominant every second of every round. But its my nature and spirit to use my speed and power in the ring

In what areas do you feel you need to improve the most?

I am still definitely a work in progress. I’m my biggest critic. I still need work on foot movement and jab. Keep my hands up and overall movement in the ring. I look every time to be a complete fighter.

Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?

Definitely on top of the game. Not just world champion, but pound-for-pound the best in the game. To be recognized as the best in every weight class in boxing. I’m just going to continue to work towards that.
We have this years super fight between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. What do you feel this does for boxing and what is your prediction?
Definitely good for boxing. Boxing has been on a slump lately because the heavyweight division hasn’t been up to par. I don’t have a pick in this fight because it can go so many different ways, Mayweather can box and move his way to victory and de la Hoya can cut off the ring and put Mayweather away. Its up in the air for me so I say the best man wins.


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4 Responses to “Rising Star Andre Berto”

  1. ww2 says:

    I saw him fight last month. He is VERY exciting to watch

  2. Bert says:

    He’s got great power and speed and will be World champ someday soon

  3. Wrangler says:

    he is the future of boxing!

  4. Jack says:

    Does anyone know when he will be fighting? Sounds like he is fun to watch.

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