Berto & Porter Make Weight, Title Eliminator Set
Tomorrow night Andre Berto and Shawn Porter will face off in a main event fight that is being billed as a WBC title eliminator in the welterweight division.
Porter is coming off of a razor-thin decision loss to WBA champion Keith Thurman, while Berto last fought in a knockout win over Victor Ortiz last April.
Berto (31-4) is looking to finally take the next step in his career and live up to the high expectations set for him early on. His career suffered a surprising setback when he was upset by Ortiz in their first fight in 2011. Since then he has lost three times, the last one coming in Floyd Mayweather’s final fight. Berto is looking to prove that avenging his loss to Ortiz was the first step in turning his career around, and he has another opportunity to show that on Saturday night.
Porter (24-1-1) has only lost twice in his career, both to current welterweight champions. He dropped a majority decision to Kell Brook in 2014, and last year was beaten by Thurman in one of the best fights of the year. The 29-year-old Porter is hungry to prove that he is still improving and can challenge the upper echelon of one of boxing’s toughest divisions.
On Friday, Berto and Porter faced off for the last time before their fight and each man successfully made weight: Berto weighed in at 146.5 lbs. while Porter just barely made weight, stripping down to make 147.
In the co-feature bout, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo defends his title against Charles Hatley.