Andre Berto on Devon Alexander clash: I’ve had a lot of success against southpaws

Former world champion Andre Berto has discussed his forthcoming clash with Devon Alexander on August 4.

The 34 year-old is back in action for the first time in sixteen months in a bid to get back into contention for a world title shot.

An exciting and accomplished fighter from Florida, Berto returns to the ring after dropping a contest last April to Shawn Porter.

Berto represented Haiti in the 2004 Olympics and picked up his biggest recent triumph on FOX in April 2016 as Berto scored a fourth-round knockout of former champion Victor Ortiz in their high-octane rematch.

Berto previously challenged retired legend Floyd Mayweather in September 2015 and has engaged in numerous Fight of the Year-worthy bouts, including a 2012 war with Robert Guerrero and his first fight with Ortiz.

He has twice held a welterweight title, first the WBC belt, which he successfully defended five times between 2008 and 2011, plus the IBF crown he picked up in 2011 with a victory over Jan Zaveck.

“This is a great fight that has been a long time coming,” said Berto.

“We share some common opponents, but we have different styles of fighting and styles make fights.

“I’ve had a lot of success with southpaws. I’m looking forward to seeing him in front of me and capitalizing on what I’m working on now,” he added.

Alexander, 31, will be aiming to avoid joining Berto on five career reverses having successfully made a comeback from personal problems to defeat Walter Castillo in November.

‘The Great’ followed that up three months later with a draw against huge Berto rival Ortiz and knows nothing but a win will do against his fellow-countryman.

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