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Ortiz vs Berto 2: Andre Berto Injured, Fight in Jeopardy

Ortiz vs Berto II is in jeopardy due to an arm injury suffered by Andre Berto.
Ortiz vs Berto II is in jeopardy due to an arm injury suffered by Andre Berto.
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reports tonight that Andre Berto has suffered an arm injury in training, and his scheduled February 11 rematch with Victor Ortiz is in jeopardy:

"He had to go the hospital to get it checked out and he is hurt. I know the fight is in jeopardy of not happening on that date. It didn't sound good," one source said.

On whether the fight would be postponed, another source said, "When one of the guys in the fight is in the hospital for an arm injury two weeks before the fight, that is bad news."

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who is Ortiz's promoter, told ESPN.com that he had spoken to Al Haymon, Berto's adviser, and that he was at the hospital with Berto. Schaefer said Haymon told him that Berto was undergoing an MRI exam and that the extent of the injury was not known, so no decision could be made yet on the status of the fight.

Obviously, as the sources tell Rafael, it doesn't sound good. This would be a huge blow to the current boxing schedule, as Ortiz vs Berto II is the best fight on the docket right now, and was going to be a chance for Showtime to come with as close to a true "event" fight as there is without pay-per-view.

If Berto is out, the fight could be rescheduled...or, and I'm just speculating here, Floyd Mayweather Jr may have just added an extra option for a May 5 opponent.

We'll have more for you as the story develops, and I wouldn't be surprised if this takes a pretty big turn in the coming days.

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