Berto Pulled From Cruz Fight
Five days before he was set to face off against Miguel Cruz at Barclays Center as part of the Kownacki-Arreola card, former world champion Andre Berto pulled out due to injury.
Berto, who was entering the ring for the first time since 2018, suffered an injury during sparring on Saturday that resulted in a torn bicep muscle.
The former world champion took to Instagram on Monday night to announce that he is off the card and that he will be undergoing surgery on Tuesday.
The issue with Berto’s left bicep began earlier last week during a sparring session and tore during his final sparring session on Saturday, with doctors advising the fighter to undergo immediate surgery and pull out of the fight with Cruz.
“Saturday was the last day of sparring and I was trying to finish and keep going strong,” said Berto. “I threw a left hook and I felt a squeeze and a pop. I started yelling and cursing, because I knew what happened. I’ve had injuries before. Even though it was bad, I thought it was something that I could get a cortisone shot and fight with. But the MRI showed that the tendon was torn from the bone and I need surgery as soon as possible.
“It’s devastating because I worked hard for eight weeks and I’m in dog shape. I was just ready to go. This just kills me. It’s so freaky that it happened on the last day of sparring. When I hurt it on Tuesday, I just taped it up and went back to work. The doctors say there was a slight tear on Tuesday because there was still some inflammation when I came back to spar on Thursday and Saturday. They say it would have torn during the fight.”
Berto suffered a similar injury in 2013 against Jesus Soto Karass, that kept him out of the ring for over a year.
“This injury and the surgery won’t be as bad as the shoulder,” Berto said in a press release.
“The shoulder was a lot of different muscles and tendons that were torn. I had a sling on for six weeks, and I was immobilized for so long that I had frozen shoulder syndrome and I had to go through three or four weeks with therapy to just get it to moving. It took eight or nine months with the shoulder. If I do it right with this injury, I’ll be good in two or three months.”