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Rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto postponed

Berto injury forces cancelation of Feb. 11 fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena

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The “Repeat or Revenge: Ortiz vs. Berto II” press conference with Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto on Dec. 20, 2011.

Las Vegas will have to wait a while longer for its first major boxing event of 2012.

Golden Boy Promotions announced Tuesday that a welterweight bout between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, scheduled for Feb. 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, has been postponed. Berto suffered an injury to his left biceps while training Monday night, according to Golden Boy’s release.

The fight will be re-scheduled. All parties involved are already discussing the possible date.

The rematch between Ortiz and Berto was one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The two’s first meeting, in April of last year, was widely considered the Fight of the Year.

Despite his status as a 4-to-1 underdog, Ortiz triumphed to take a unanimous decision against the previously-undefeated Berto. The performance caught the eye of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who was ringside scouting Berto, and a fight between Ortiz and Mayweather materialized instead.

Mayweather went on to a controversial fourth-round knockout victory over Ortiz. Berto has fought once since the Ortiz loss, winning the IBF championship belt by beating Dejan Zavec.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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