Andre Michael Berto (born September 7, 1983) is an American professional boxer. He is a two-time welterweight world champion and the current WBA welterweight interim champion.
Berto was one of seven children raised in Winter Haven, Florida. He was introduced to boxing by his father after getting beat multiple times by classmates. Dieuseul, who competed professionally in mixed martial artsand taught the sport to Berto at a school in Winter Haven. For Berto, the sport of boxing became a solace to stay out of trouble. His brother, James Edson Berto, is a professional mixed martial artist. Berto is often called “Mike”, his middle name.
In mid-May, 2012, Berto tested positive for a banned substance. The rematch against Ortiz planned for June 23, 2012 was cancelled.It has since been ruled that Berto’s positive test was the result of contamination, and Berto has since regained his boxing license.
Berto returned to the ring soon after, winning a series of big scale fights which led into his most recent fight versus Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 12, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won the fight 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111. Mayweather retired soon after.
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