Former welterweight world champion Andre Berto makes his first appearance in over a year in Cincinatti this weekend when the American battles Steve Upsher at the US Bank Arena.
Berto will be hoping to wake up on Sunday, which coincidentally will be his 31st birthday, having put an end to his run of back-to-back losses to Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass.
Since the Karass defeat, Berto has been hampered by a injury to his shoulder, but says he is back in good health and aims to prove he still has what is takes to mix it with the best out there.
“I’m feeling good. I’ve been out for a full year working on rehab and it’s been one of the toughest roads I’ve ever been on. But my shoulder is feeling good and I’m ready to go. I’m excited to be here and I’m just excited to be back,” said Berto.
“People in boxing only grade your last performance. But it’s something that I can’t get upset at because I haven’t performed up to standards in my last few fights. So I’m looking forward to doing this for me and for the people.
“I’m back, I’m happy to be back and we’re going to kick this thing off right.”
Opponent Upsher, 29, is himself coming into the fight having lost his last two versus Eddie Gomez and Luis Collazo, and could put a defining dent in Berto’s career if he can pull off the victory on Saturday night.
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