Andre Berto's career isn't where he'd like it to be, with two losses in his last three fights, and now the 29-year-old former welterweight titlist says he's getting his focus back, and he's coming to "destroy" Jesus Soto Karass on July 20 at the Home Depot Center.
"[I'm] getting back to the same old Andre Berto man. Being smart and not doing too much of that fancy shit. Hands up and going in there and doing what I do but being a lot smarter. Be a lot more technical in there. Utilizing everything that I'm about. ... Being so talented you feel you can do some of everything. Sometimes a lot of that sh*t gets confusing. Sometimes you just got to stick to the basics and do what you know how to do best. ... I don't care who it is I'm going in there to destroy, going in there to fuck him up."
Berto (28-2, 22 KO) hasn't fought since November, when he and Robert Guerrero beat the hell out of one another, Guerrero taking the win and landing a fight with Floyd Mayweather as a result. Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO) is sort of a "bounce-back" level foe, but the Mexican veteran is tough as nails, too, and always comes to fight hard.
Those still complaining about Berto's past as a Haymon-pushed, HBO darling getting paydays for weak fights are now missing the forest for the trees and all that. At this stage in his career, Berto is a reliable action fighter, very enjoyable to watch in the ring, and that's something that everyone likes to see, isn't it? Berto-JSK should be good, though I understand the mild criticism that it shouldn't be a headlining fight. Then again, Bradley-Provodnikov wasn't an HBO-quality main event, and that turned out OK. Nobody's complaining now.
Berto still doesn't have a new trainer, but tells Sandoval that he's got someone lined up and will make an announcement soon. He decided to part ways with Tony Morgan following the Guerrero fight.