Victor Ortiz vs Andre Berto II Lands at Stub Hub
CARSON, CALIF. (March 17, 2016) - Former welterweight world champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) and Andre "The Beast" Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) will meet again in a 12-round welterweight rematch in primetime on Saturday, April 30 as Premier Boxing Champions(PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features two exciting undercard attractions. Light heavyweight sluggers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs)and Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs)meet in a 10-round brawl plus former three-division world champion Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) faces unbeaten Mexican brawlerJorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight battle.
Ortiz and Berto first faced off in their 2011 welterweight world title barnburner that garnered significant Fight of the Year buzz. The bout saw both men hit the canvas twice, including a thrilling round six in which each fighter was knocked down. In the end, Ortiz walked away with a unanimous decision. A victory in the rematch will propel the winner to the forefront of the world title picture in this stacked with talent division.
"I know I'm in for another war," said Ortiz. "I've always been open to a rematch because Berto has a big mouth and something to prove. After our fight, he went on a losing streak, because I gave his opponents a blueprint on how to beat him. My losses have been unfortunate, but I wouldn't want to come up against me at this stage in the game. My name is Victor and that's no coincidence."
"This is the fight the people have been waiting for and it's time to give it to them," said Berto. "I am in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually. I've never wanted my story to be perfect, that's boring. Life is filled with ups and downs and I've embraced them all in my career. Everything I've been through has turned me into a savage. It's time to close this chapter once and for all. I want his head!"
The undercard bouts are sure to feature exciting two-way action as the experienced veterans Rodriguez and Montiel look to hold-off rising contenders in Williams Jr. and Lara.
"This is a very big fight for the light heavyweight division," said Rodriguez. "Thomas brings it, but so do I. You can expect fireworks from the opening bell as we are both looking to put on a sensational performance. That being said, the light heavyweight championship is right around the corner, and there is nothing that is going to stop me from getting there."
"I'm thrilled to be fighting on this card," Williams said. "When they called me about this fight, I said, 'I love it, let's make it happen.' I think that it's going to be a really exciting and fan-friendly matchup. Edwin is a strong fighter who I know is going to be prepared to bring it on fight night, and I'll make sure I'm ready to do the same."
"It's a pleasure to be on this fight card and I promise an exciting night for the fans," said Montiel. "I came up short in my last fight, but I am determined to become a world champion in a new weight class. I always come to fight and I will be throwing punches non-stop until I'm victorious on April 30."
"I'm blessed to be back in the ring as part of this great night of fights," said Lara. "My dream is to be a world champion, and to do that I have to beat fighters like Montiel. I respect my opponent, but right now he is on my way and nothing is going to stop me."
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.