The “East-West Showdown,” featuring World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto and WBC #5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, kicked off their promotional campaign on Wednesday at The Palm West Restaurant in New York City. Here’s what Berto and Ortiz had to say.
Andre Berto: “We have already had a tremendous camp. I feel the speed; I feel the power, and the explosiveness.”
“Victor Ortiz is a young exciting fighter who is stepping up the plate. He is young and he has speed, but people who have seen me grow in front of the HBO cameras have seen the way I handle adversity. People saw the way Victor Ortiz handled adversity the first time he tasted it.”
“Don’t miss this fight. This is going to be the start of a wonderful year.”
Victor Ortiz: “I’ve always worked hard, but in my last fight it was one of these things where at the end I felt like a piece of gum on the bottom of someone’s shoes. So I said to myself: ‘It’s my turn.’ I’m going in against some tough opposition. Andre Berto is no chump. But now I’m hungry. I’m tired of people saying that I have no heart or no balls. At the end of the day, I’m not scared of getting in the ring or challenging anyone. On April 16 I’m taking the title home.”
The Apirl 16th fight will take place at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It’s presented by DiBella Entertainment , in association with Golden Boy Promotions. It will be televised on HBO.