Berto & Alexander Focused On August 4
Ten days away from their fight at NYCB Live, Andre Berto and Devon Alexander would join the press in a conference call, hyping their August 4th showdown.
When asked about the style of his last opponent, Shawn Porter, Berto was a bit less than kind. “He’s an MMA fighter, and he does a lot of rough things, and that’s not the way I want to head into the end of my career,” Alexander told ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
This is Berto’s first fight since losing to Porter, when he’d fall by TKO in April of 2017.
When asked about his disappointing draw with Victor Ortiz, Alexander feels that he dominated the fight, and should have walked out with the win and not a split.
Alexander is more focused on August 4th, and the opportunities a win over Berto could lead to.
“We never shy away from any challenge, this fight could lead us to a world title shot…. That’s what I am focusing on.”
Alexander’s coach Kevin Cunningham, knows that Berto is a “serious threat.”
“Anytime you go up against a multiple time world champion… the threat is real… Anybody who takes him as a joke, seriously don’t know boxing,” claimed the top level trainer.
“We’ve been doing this our whole lives, so it affects us differently,” Alexander told Keith Idec about Berto needing to adjust to being back in the ring after not fighting in over a year.”
“I came back into camp just vibrant… I feel sharp, fast and strong,” Berto said in response to his layoff.
“For me with the Porter fight, there was a-lot, a-lot going on. It was the first time, I’ve taken that kind of damage from headbutts and s***t…” Berto said regarding the layoff following his loss to Porter.
“I was confused at the time at how many headbutts I can take, while the referee was saying nothing… That was the first time I got a concussion, I really just wanted to heal up nice like I needed to.”