Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz fight postponed, promoter says
World welterweight champion Andre Berto's Feb. 11 IBF title defense against Ventura's Victor Ortiz has been postponed, and an examination of Berto's left biceps injury will determine how long he'll be sidelined.
"It does not appear to be a seven-month injury, but the fight is absolutely off on that day [Feb. 11]," Berto promoter Lou DiBella said.
Berto (28-1), the International Boxing Federation champ, suffered the injury in training last Tuesday, according to reports, while sparring with Taureano Johnson.
The Berto-Ortiz bout, which was to be held in Las Vegas, is a rematch of their fight-of-the-year-candidate bout in April, when both men were knocked down and Ortiz (29-3-2) emerged with a victory by decision.
DiBella said a specialist will examine Berto today at an undisclosed location and will report back to promoters so they can decide whether to delay the rematch or allow Ortiz to select another opponent.
-- Lance Pugmire
Photo: Andre Berto, left, fights Carlos Quintana in 2010. Credit: Cristobal Herrera / Sun-Sentinel