Andre Berto Withdrawn from Title Fight Against Shane Mosley
Welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto announced today that he was withdrawing from the welterweight unification title bout against Shane Mosley on January 30. Andre Berto said he is "mentally and physically exhausted" from the devastation in Haiti, where his parents immigrated from. Andre Berto has lost several family members in the earthquake:
"Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood"
"I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi, and her daughter, Jessica, survived but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents' eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home."
"As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and, therefore, I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30"
Andre Berto lost at least 8 family members in earthquake. Berto, 26, was born in Florida after his parents immigrated to the US in 1980. He is the undefeated WBC welterweight boxing champion (26-0, 19 knockouts). In 2004, he represented Haiti in the Athens Olympics.
Berto's schedule will remain up in the air while he deals with his family loss. He had stormed through his professional career to win a vacant 147-pound title via seventh-round knockout of Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 2008 and has made three defenses against Steve Forbes, former titleholder Luis Collazo and junior welterweight titlist Juan Urango. But the showdown with Mosley was by far the most significant bout of his career and a way to stamp himself as a star with a victory.
Shane Mosley will defend his title against Floyd Mayweather Jr. instead.