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August 05, 2018


Press Release: After getting knocked down and falling behind early, former WBC and IBF welterweight titlist Andre Berto came on strong in the final rounds against Devon Alexander—and it proved to be the difference Saturday in Uniondale, New York. Berto (32-5, 24 KOs) overcame a third-round knockdown to earn a split decision. Two 115-112 scorecards overruled a 114-113 card in favor of Alexander. The knockdown came when Alexander tagged Berto (pictured) behind the head, a call that could have easily gone the other way and been ruled a foul. “He punched me in the back of my head,” Berto said of the knockdown. “But I know I was in ridiculous shape so I went to the corner and knew what I had to do. I know I was faster, I know I was stronger. I just had to get my combinations off faster.”

Berto’s win ends a nearly 16-month layoff since he was stopped by Shawn Porter, who was calling the fight for the FOX broadcast. Berto made it clear after the fight he’d love to get the winner of Porter and Danny Garcia. “This is year fourteen or fifteen for me,” Berto said when asked about what’s next. “I see Shawn Porter back there. I see Guerrero back there. I know he has a big fight with Danny Garcia and I wish them the best but it looks like I'm next in line.”

Alexander had this to say:  “I slowed down a little bit around the sixth round, he picked it up a little bit,” Alexander said after the loss. “I don't want to make any excuses.”

Instead, it was Berto who came on late in the fight.  “I've been off for a while but it felt good in there,” Berto said. “I felt like I was in better shape and quicker to the target than he was. ... This is a tremendous feeling and I’m looking forward to getting in there and doing it again.”

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