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Andre Berto cleared to return to light sparring in April

Former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto has been rehabbing after shoulder surgery, and has been cleared to return to sparring in April.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Andre Berto hasn't fought since a TKO-12 loss to Jesus Soto Karass in a July 2013 war on Showtime, but the 30-year-old former welterweight titlist and contender has been cleared to return to sparring next month following shoulder surgery and a rehab process.

Berto (28-3, 22 KO) has lost two straight fights, including another pretty grueling battle against Robert Guerrero, and there's no telling how effective he'll be upon return. But he has proven to be a consistently exciting TV fighter, and he's also been training with Virgil Hunter after parting with longtime trainer Tony Morgan.

"These last seven months and the whole rehab process haven't been easy at all, but it was worth it to finally be able to get back in the ring," Berto said. "I'm refocusing all my energy on coming back at 100% and showing all of my fans the best Andre Berto both mentally and physically. I have learned a lot during this time off and everyone is going to see all of that in my next fight."

Do you think Berto can get back into contention at 147 or 154, or have his flaws been too far exposed? Will he at least be a reliable action fighter for a while?

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