Andre Berto More Motivated than Ever on Two-Year Anniversary of Shoulder Surgery

Andre Berto More Motivated than Ever on Two-Year Anniversary of Shoulder Surgery

Photo: STEPHANIE TRAPP – What a difference two years can make. On this date in 2013, two-time world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right shoulder. Two years later, he’s feeling stronger than ever and enjoys a new appreciation for the speed, power and athleticism he’s been blessed with. Berto plans to showcase all of those attributes in his Saturday, September 12 showdown with pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

“It gave me a completely different perspective; I really thought my career might be over,” Berto said. “I told myself that when I get back in there, I was going to go all in.”

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Andre Berto is Preparing for a Triumphant Return to the Ring

Andre Berto is Preparing for a Triumphant Return to the Ring

(OAKLAND, CALIF.) – What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) went under the knife at a Los Angeles hospital to repair a significant tendon tear in his right shoulder.. Today, the former two-time welterweight world champion is training full force in an Oakland area gym to prepare for his return to the ring on September 6 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since my surgery. The last 12 months have definitely been hard, but I have learned a lot about myself and the sport since my last fight,” Berto said. “Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game and I can’t wait to put all of that in to play on September 6.”

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Josh Dubin and James Prince Statement on Behalf of Andre Ward

Josh Dubin and James Prince Statement on Behalf of Andre Ward

Dan Goossen likes to put out press releases that confuse the issue – so on behalf of Andre Ward, we want to be crystal clear: the ‘legal issues’ that he referred to are only just getting underway. It is only after a California judge or jury speaks that the legal issues will be resolved.

Today’s decision from the California State Athletic Commission was not unexpected. From the very start, we do not feel that the commission has been looking out for the best interests of Andre Ward, the very boxer they are supposed to protect.

To the contrary, for some inexplicable reason, the CSAC has continually bent over backwards to try to accommodate a promoter who we feel is taking horrible advantage of Andre and his career.

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Andre Ward Fight Week Quotes

415OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – November 14, 2013 – WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (Oakland, Calif.) is just 48 hours away from his return to the ring, and he’s locked and loaded for his first fight of 2013. Ward will face off with undefeated contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez in a super middleweight title bout on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., and live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

The 29-year-old is excited to finally return to the ring after a 14-month layoff and he shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects over the past couple of days as he finalizes preparation for Saturday’s showdown.

On his 16-year winning streak: “I love to compete. I love to win and it’s just as simple as that. There are no simple formulas. God blessed me with the talent. I take my job very seriously and I think that’s a major thing that’s benefited me in the ring. When I get in there, I just love to compete.”

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Quotes from Andre Ward’s Bay Area Open Workout

ward445With under a month remaining until his highly anticipated return, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward went back to his roots at King’s Gym in Oakland, Calif., to discuss his upcoming battle with Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez. After a 14-month layoff due to a shoulder injury, Ward will step back in to the ring on November 16 at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on HBO World Championship Boxing. He shared his thoughts about the importance of staying in shape throughout the year, the impact of the layoff and his young, hungry opponent with the Bay Area media assembled at his childhood gym.

ANDRE WARD, WBA AND RING MAGAZINE SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION – “I’ve always tried to respect this sport, I’m not a guy that always says this is my best training camp ever. Every training camp is my best training camp because I’ve always approached it the right way.”

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