Andre Berto is like a first round draft pick bust to me. He had all the tools and potential, the look, everything except that one thing that would make him a superstar: the Ws. I don't know what happened to Andre. I don't. However, instead of trying to fight the Chris Aligeries of the boxing world he is going after the big names, Maidana, Ortiz (a rematch I want to see), Mayweather and Khan. That shows heart and a mentally that he is about taking on the best. Then there is Maidana, he wants Pacquiao, Broner and a rematch with Khan. Instead of taking soft touches, fighters that were once of the road to superstardom and fell the fuck off are not trying to take the easiest roads but instead are taking on the toughest opposition. Victor Ortiz still has the makings of an elite boxer but he needs to get out of his own way. I am curious to see how Shawn Porter fairs out after his loss to Ezekiel Reid.
Quick question: If Khan losses to Devon, what happens to Amir?
Berto, Berto, Berto, smh....at the end of the day, he could be a lot worse off. Everybody's pretty much shared their thoughts on him, and I mostly agree. Thing is, Berto could've fought stiffs for a while, but he did the worst thing a fighter could do....he got all Hollywood and lost his focus.
It was just way too much chattering about how Berto partied and how much time he spent on the west coast...partying, of course. If you're gonna fight a bunch of stiffs and struggle when you step up in comp, at least stay in the gym. The writing was on the wall in the Collazo fight, but he didn't take heed.
We've seen it over and over again in boxing....a guy falls in love with his power, and can't cut the mustard when it's time to bite down and box/fight.Yeah yeah yeah, save the banter about "big punchers train to box, not just train for the KO". Look at this way, if a guy gets too complacent with his power, he wont train as hard and extensively.
We've heard about guys messing up in camp, showing up late for training, taking unwarranted breaks from training, looking like crap during sparring...it can, has, and will always happen with certain fighters. Let's not forget that those media workouts close to the fights, tell us more than we think. A lot of people don't put much into the media workouts close to the fight, but those have been quite telling lately.
I'm not so sure I like the idea of Berto calling out these big names, but on the other hand, I'm not sure how soon he wants those fights. It sounds good and the media appreciates it, but if he couldn't beat Guerrero after that suspension/layoff, then he way want to chill juuuust a little bit those big names.
I've seen all of the videos on the front page, but haven't gotten around to watching them yet. Does Berto have a new trainer, or is he just training at the Goosen gym?
As far as Ortiz....tools to be elite? Nah bruh. One of those tools consist of having the mental capacity to compete at the upper echelon of the sport. Ortiz needs meds and constant supervision, at this moment. We'll figure the rest out later on.