By Rob Smith: A fight between former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) and IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (32-4, 19 KO’s) is reportedly almost complete for November 24th and will be televised by HBO, according to RingTV. On the undercard will be a fight between lightweight contenders Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s) going up against unbeaten contender Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15 KO’s) in a fight for the vacant WBA lightweight title. The Bogere-Abril fight is supposed to already be taking place on November 3rd, but it looks like Golden Boy Promotions will be pushing it back to November 24th.
Berto hasn’t fought since stopping IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck in the 5th round last year in September. Berto was supposed to have fought Victor Ortiz in a rematch but Berto suffering a ruptured left biceps injury first, and then later tested positive for a banned substance. The positive test waste attributed to Berto ingesting contaminated dietary supplements and he’s now ready to fight.
Bundrage, 39, stopped Cory Spinks in the 7th round last June in their rematch. That was Bundrage’s second title defense of his International Boxing Federation 154 pound title. Bundrage has been hoping that some of the other big named fighters like WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, former WBO junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. would take him out, but it looks like he’ll have to settle for facing Berto instead.
Berto, 5’8 1/2″, isn’t exactly the typical size for a junior middleweight, but then again neither is the 5’6″ Bundrage. Berto has the speed to win this fight but you have to question whether he has the frame to beat a big puncher like Bundrage. Although Berto will have the speed advantage in this fight, Bundrage has the bigger frame and bigger power. If he’s able to land his big power shots all night long, Berto will have problems.
Abril lost a controversial 12 round split decision to former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios last April, but came out of that fight smelling like a rose due to the collective boxing public saw Abril as the winner of that fight, not Rios. Bogere, 23, has been dominating everybody, knocking out most of his recent opponents early. This guy has a lot of speed and power