Wednesday, March 24, 2010

HBO Championship Boxing:Andre Berto vs Carlos Quintana, Saturday, April 10th

NEW YORK, March 23- On Saturday, April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., WBC World Welterweight Champion Andre Berto will defend his title against former WBO champion Carlos Quintana. This
is Berto’s first bout since last May when he successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision over Juan Urango. The card is being billed as “Fighting For Haiti” which is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
sponsored by Champs Sports, Where Sports Lives, will be televised “LIVE” on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30pm (ET) / 7:30pm (PT). The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.

The co-feature will showcase WBA Junior Featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KO’s), who will be moving up to take on unbeaten WBA #2 contender Daud Yordan (25-0, 19 KO’s). Caballero is the former Unified Junior Featherweight champion. Yordan is the WBO Oriental Featherweight champion, his title won’t be on the line. Two time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, Guillermo Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KO’s) will also
appear on the undercard.

Berto (25-0, 19 KO’s) now faces Carlos Quintana (27-2-0, 21 KO’s), who was born and still resides in Moca, Puerto Rico. Quintana is a hard throwing southpaw who likes to challenge fighters by coming straight at them. Berto,
who also punches hard and is lightning quick, has to be careful and dictate the fight from the start. In February of 2008, Quintana was a huge underdog, and upset then-WBO champion Paul Williams. Quintana lost the rematch. Since 2005 he has fought three unbeaten fighters scoring two victories, with the only loss coming to Miguel Cotto.

“He’s a tough veteran,” Berto said. “If you give him too much room or a little too much confidence he will take advantage of that. You have to impose your dominance early.”

Berto knows he can’t take Quintana for granted, though he was surprised by the Williams loss, which he saw in person. However, Berto feels there is much to gain in the welterweight division with a victory on April 10th.

“I’m in a tough situation. Realistically I train hardest when a lot of people expect me to win. He’s a spoiler and he did the same with Paul Williams and I have to make sure I stay sharp and do a good job and dispose of him,”
said Berto.

“Andre Berto and Carlos Quintana represent two of the very best fighters in the world,” said DiBella. “They are willing to risk it all to fight each other. And for the winner another boxing great, the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., or Shane Mosley could await.”

Berto was scheduled to face veteran “Sugar” Shane Mosley, the WBA welterweight champion in January 2010, but the earthquake in Haiti, forced him to withdraw from the bout. Berto went to Haiti to provide aide and find
his sister and ensure her safety.

“My brother Cleveland and I made a trip there a couple of weeks after the earthquake,” Berto said. “We lost eight family members in the earthquake, but my family is in good spirits and they continue to support me. The devastation that affected Haiti impacted the world. It is inspiring to see so many people show support and lend a helping hand.”

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