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Andre Berto "Not Sure" if Expanded Drug Testing Will Be Part of Deal for Victor Ortiz Rematch

Will Berto vs Ortiz II require USADA drug testing? Don't ask Andre, he doesn't know. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Will Berto vs Ortiz II require USADA drug testing? Don't ask Andre, he doesn't know. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Andre Berto tells Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.com that he's unsure if the supposed must-have drug testing routine for a Victor Ortiz rematch is actually going to be part of the deal:

"I’m not sure if it will be included. We’re still negotiating that," Berto states. "It’s to a point, I personally know from people in the boxing circles that guys are using. I just feel that when I step into the ring, I want it to be clear cut. A lot of people don’t have the natural ability to do their job, so they need that edge. I just want an even battlefield."

Berto (28-1, 22 KO) and Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO) are rumored to be working on a rematch for January 28 on HBO. No title belts will be on the line, as Berto gave up his IBF belt that he won in September in order to pursue this fight, as HBO passed on the idea of Berto fighting mandatory challenger and DiBella Entertainment stablemate Randall Bailey.

It has been stated by Berto's promoter Lou DiBella that Mayweather-style drug testing will have to be enforced in order for Ortiz to get a rematch. Ortiz likely won't have any issue with that, since he did the same routine to face Mayweather on September 17, and reported no problems other than occasionally having to pee and being forced to hold it while waiting for the USADA guys to show up.

But those statements came before this was ever a serious rumor, more just something that was being suggested after Ortiz was knocked out in four rounds by Mayweather. To date, Mayweather is the only fighter who has enforced the expanded drug testing for himself and his opponents.

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