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Andre Berto making a comeback this Saturday against Steve Upsher Chambers

berto44By Cameron Gillon: This Saturday on the Adrien Broner vs. Emmanuel Taylor card, former IBF/WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto is making his return to the ring in a fight that will be televised by Showtime from the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

It’s been 14 months since Berto last fought in the ring, he faced Jesus Soto Karass for the NABF welterweight title, in a fight Berto was supposed to come out as the victor he was caught in the 12th round and lost the fight.

It was Berto’s second straight loss and his third in four fights. The defeats have left his career at world title in tatters for sure, but he is coming back and is hoping to get back in for a world title eventually. It’s hard to see this happening as Floyd Mayweather Jr holds the WBC and WBA, Kell Brook holds the IBF and Manny Pacquiao holds the WBO.

You can forget about Berto getting a fight against Mayweather, and he likely wouldn’t beat Brook or Pacquiao so unless he dramatically improves from his last performances he isn’t going to win another world title. Berto has been beaten by Karass, Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz in his career and they aren’t good considering the fact Ortiz is now in a worst situation than Berto. It will be interesting to see how Berto is physically after a horrible shoulder injury that has kept him outside the ring for over a year.

I’ve done some research on Steve Upsher Chambers and it looks like a fight Berto will win. Chambers has won 24 fights and lost 3. However, he has only won three fights by KO, which shows just how little power this guy has got. Berto shouldn’t worry too much about getting knocked out in this fight unless he makes a silly mistake or gets caught cold early on in the fight.

Berto is at a stage now where one more slip up against a lower opposition opponent will cost him his career and really should retire as he will be seen as a journeyman type of fighter if he was to continue to fight. Chambers has lost his last two fights also so anything but a Berto would win would surprise me.

Andre Berto would have had some good sparring for this fight.He was sparring with Andre Ward, Amir Khan and Alfredo Angulo, and he says his shoulder is feeling as good as ever. “The shoulder is feeling good and we’ve had a tremendous camp,” Berto said. “I was able to get out here really early for this fight and train with all the great champions in our gym. I’m just excited to get back under the lights and perform on Sept. 6.”

It looks like Berto is ready for this one and the new chapter in his career. It’s crucial he performs here and does it emphatically with a knockout. After this fight he can then take on a few more fighters building his way back up the rankings to fight the main contenders like Amir Khan, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Guerrero, Devon Alexender and so on.

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