Things didn’t go as planned for Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) in his last match. Jesus Soto Karass finished him early in the12th round of their great fight to win the vacant NABF Welterweight title.
During that fight “The Beast” suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder, yet continued to fight. The match would not only mark his third loss in four bouts, but also be the last time fans would see The Beast in the ring for over a year.
Fast forward to 2014 and Berto, who had a successful surgery and recovery, is ready to return to the ring, Sept. 6, at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on a card that is already shaping to be one of the biggest events in the year.
In an interview with ESPN, Berto said the last year had been hard and that he had learned a lot about himself in that last fight. .
“Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game and I can’t wait to put all of that in to play on Sept. 6.”
Berto is currently training with Virgil Hunter, who has worked with several notable fighters, including Andre Ward and Amir Khan.
Berto’s return to the ring has the makings of a good comeback story, and while the injury kept him out of action, it sounds like he has matured as a fighter. It will be interesting to see who gets thrown his way come September.
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