February 11th marks the date for this highly anticipated rematch (Photo by Phil McCarty, Hogan Photos).
Rematch Confirmed for MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
The date is now secured for a second bout between welterweights Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) and Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), which will occur on February 11th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The first pairing between these two fighters went down this past April, with Ortiz capturing Berto’s WBC Welterweight Title and handing him his first professional loss via unanimous decision.
"Berto-Ortiz I was a 'Fight of the Year' candidate, and boxing fans can expect more of the same in this meaningful rematch,” said Lou DiBella, who is the President of DiBella Entertainment and promotes Berto. “This fight is the perfect way to open up what is expected to be a great year of boxing in 2012."
This sequel is a co-promotion between DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions, whose President Oscar De La Hoya also voiced his excitement about these two fighters locking up once again.
"After the April fight between Ortiz and Berto, the first words out of everyone's mouths were, 'When are they going to do it again?'” he remarked. “Well, I'm proud to say that February 11th is the date for the most anticipated rematch we've seen in a long time. When you put these two fighters together in the ring, there will always be fireworks. I can't wait to see them do battle a second time."
For the first time ever, Showtime and CBS will partner for this card to bring live boxing to the Showtime Network. Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports, spoke about the two groups joining forces for this event.
"For me, the first Berto-Ortiz fight was the 2011 Fight of the Year and one of the most memorable fights of the last several years," he stated. "Immediately after, like most every other boxing fan, I couldn't help but hope for a rematch. Now that I am in the position to bring this fight to the loyal Showtime subscribers, and to do so with the support of our world-class colleagues at CBS, I couldn't be more proud to make this special announcement."
Both fighters in this highly anticipated rematch have been back to the ring for one encounter since their first meeting, and each bout occurred this past September. Ortiz lost the belt he took from Berto after he suffered a controversial fourth round knockout at the hands of Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs), while Berto rebounded from the defeat when Slovenian Dejan Zavec (31-2, 18 KOs) did not answer the sixth round bell of an IBF Welterweight Championship Fight between the duo.