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Haiti earthquake forces Andre Berto to withdraw from Shane Mosley fight

January 18, 2010 |  2:49 pm

Andre Berto has withdrawn from his Jan. 30 welterweight title fight against Shane Mosley, saying the earthquake in Haiti that resulted in the deaths of friends and family has left him "mentally and physically exhausted."

Berto said he hasn't been able to properly train in the week since the earthquake and that he would be unprepared for defend his WBC welterweight title.

Here is Berto's statement in full:

"Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood. I lost several family members to the earthquake, and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica, survived but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.
As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30.  
Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation. The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event."
-- Austin Knoblauch