Although not cemented, speculation persists that WBO light welterweight champ Timothy Bradley will defend his belt against wrongfully accused juicehead Andre “The Beast” Berto on December 15 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
“We’re trying to lock in Berto,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told SI.com on Friday. “HBO is working on it right now. If all things come together over the next couple days that’s what we’re looking at.”
The feathery-fisted Bradley (29-0-01, 12 KOs), a former two-time light welterweight titlist who in the past has trumped solid prizefighters Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander, last fought on June 9 when he unwittingly stole Manny Pacquiao’s belt with the aid of criminally incompetent judges who handed him a split decision at the MGM Grand Arena in “Sin City.”
Conversely, the 29-year-old Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), a proud Haitian-American fighting out of the “Capital of Latin America,” had his scheduled June 23 rematch versus “Vicious” Victor Ortiz indefinitely postponed after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance known as norandrosterone.
In a savage brawl, Berto, a two-time National Golden Gloves champion who captured 22 state titles in Florida, relinquished his WBC welterweight crown in a unanimous decision loss to Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) in April 2011.
“The Beast,” whose license was recently reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission after his piss was found to be dirty due to contamination, suffered a broken thumb in the second round scrapping Ortiz that clearly hindered his performance.
Somewhat similarly, despite the incompetent scoring by a trio of dimwits, the 29-year-old Bradley showed heart and grit by continuing to battle Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) with a fractured left foot and severely sprained right ankle sustained during the crooked bout.
Provided the slightly above-average Timothy Bradley and powerful Andre Berto agree to terms, “The Beast” will leave the squared circle as a champion later this autumn.
As Moretti said, “If all things come together over the next couple days that’s what we’re looking at.”by