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Posted in 2011, Reports, Tracy Morin with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2011 by Champ

Andre Berto | Photo by Scott Foster

By Tracy Morin @ ringside,

Despite a tropical depression swelling on the Gulf Coast, a lively and vocal crowd gathered at the Beau Rivage Theatre at Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, for the card billed “Battle in Biloxi,” with seven fights designed to test several prospects, including four undefeated fighters, and showcase a few cagey veterans.

Slovenian-born Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs), who fights out of Germany, brought a substantial supporting crowd for his U.S. debut, where his IBF welterweight belt was on the line vs. Andre “the Beast” Berto (27-1, 21 KOs), who was coming off his first loss, against Victor Ortiz in April. However, Zaveck couldn’t turn the significant audience support into a win over Berto, who lived up to his nickname by coming out aggressively and showing off his speed and power. Berto has faced some criticism–namely, that he doesn’t sell tickets because he isn’t exciting to watch, or that he can’t fight on the inside–and apparently wanted to use this fight to prove otherwise by letting his hands go, engaging in vigorous exchanges and staying busy throughout. Luckily for fans, Zaveck also came to engage, making for an exciting contest.

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Posted in 2011, Boxing News, Press Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2011 by Champ


BILOXI, Miss. (August 5, 2011) – There will be no rest this Labor Day weekend for two of the best welterweights in the world. On September 3, reigning IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck comes to America to put his IBF welterweight title on the line against former WBC champion Andre Berto from the Beau Rivage Theatre at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Continue reading

(more) Andre Berto: American Soldier

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , on December 1, 2006 by Champ

By Scott Foster

Shortly after 9/11, Andre Berto [15-0 w/13ko] stood prepared to defend his country. His aim was not to storm a watery beachhead, nor was it to secure some distant, foreign mountaintop. His intent, instead, was to defend the United States on the world’s stage, earning a coveted slot on the 2004 Olympic Boxing team. After besting the #1 jr. middleweight in the nation, Juan McPherson [4-0 w/2ko], for the better part of 4 rounds in the Trials, Andre found himself on the verge of completing a dream. But his dream would become short lived as Berto was rudely awakened by a combination of politics, contrivance & circumstance. With mere seconds left in his bout with McPherson, a bungled clinch would lead to a harsh disqualification, eventually culminating in an ejection from the trials, effectively erasing any hope of Andre participating in the games.
For most, the story would end there, fraught with bitter disillusionment and disdain for the system. Berto, however, would in turn “game” the system, utilizing the Haitian blood in his family to secure a spot as the sole member of their team in Athens.

Andre’s excitement gave way to disappointment as his pressure style lost out to the “hunt & peck” technique favored by current Olympic judging. But Andre’s potential was not lost on those ringside — and more importantly — it solidified what Lou Dibella had witnessed firsthand in the Trials. Dibella didn’t require gold, silver or bronze – his focus centered on work ethic, desire, and a style he knew to be best suited for the professional ranks. (more)

Andre Berto Makes HBO Debut in Co-Feature December Ninth!

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2006 by Champ

“Home For the Holidays” Has Stellar Undercard in Little Rock!
Undisputed and undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor defending his title against Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will be the icing on the cake of the December 9th DiBella Entertainment championship fight card at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, as there are heaping portions of excitement layered on a truly stellar undercard as well.

Undefeated 2004 Olympian Andre Berto (15-0, 13 KO’s) will make his HBO World Championship Boxing debut, when the Winter Haven, Florida stalwart faces the stiffest test of his young career against Philadelphia area native Miguel Figueroa (25-4-1, 14 KO’s) in a ten round welterweight co-feature. Berto has been nothing short of sensational in his pro career, as he tries to extend his unbeaten string to 16 straight. Berto possesses all of the qualities of a boxing superstar: determination, hard work ethic, boxing skills, knockout power and charisma to take him to the championship level.

The WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Championship will be on the line when Emanuel Augustus (34-28-6, 19 KO’s) of Brownsville, Texas, squares off against Russell Stoner Jones (19-15, 14 KO’s) of Denver, CO in the ten round title tilt, giving the card even more championship flair.

Newly-signed Ronald Hearns, (10-0, 8 KO’s), son of the legendary Former World Champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, makes his DBE debut a six round middleweight bout against Kendall Gould (8-10-1, 5 KO’s) of Milwaukee.

Highly regarded Queens, New York product Jaidon Codrington (13-1, 11 KO’s) makes his way to Little Rock to face Thomas Reid (35-17-1,13 KO’s), the Jackson, TN, veteran pugilist, in a super middleweight contest scheduled for eight rounds.

A pair of Arkansas heavyweights join Jermain Taylor as the hometown heroes on the bill: Terry Smith (28-2-1, 18 KO’s) of Little Rock will see action against Ramon Hayes (15-21-1, 10 KO’s) of Athens, Georgia and Little Rock light heavyweight Ray Smith (5-0, 2 KO’s) takes on Randy Pogue (8-5-1, 2 KO’s) of Norristown, PA in a four round battle. Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (26-4-1, 18 KO’s), of Hot Springs will also be in action, taking on Zach Page (12-8-1, 4 KO’s).
Philadelphia junior welterweight Rock Allen (10-0, 7 KO’s) rounds out the outstanding fight card.

The twelve round world championship main event, Jermain Taylor vs. Kassim Ouma, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Peltz Boxing and sponsored by Alltel Wireless, StubHub and the motion picture Rocky Balboa, will be aired on Saturday, December 9th on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00PM ET/9:00PM CT/7:00PM PT.

Tickets priced at $650, $500, $300, $200, $150, $125, $75, $45, & $25 (Students Under age 18, Seniors & Active Military) are available through the Alltel Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets (501-975-7575) and online at


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