The StubHub Center in Carson, California hosts big-time boxing this Saturday, April 30th as the Premier Boxing Champion series is putting on a rematch between Andre Berto (30-4) and Victor Ortiz (31-5-2). The first match in April of 2011 saw both men enter the match with the winner getting a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. Berto entered that fight undefeated at 27-0 and a solid favorite to win. What resulted however was an all out war that saw both men get up off the canvas to keep on fighting. Ortiz entered the fight having gone 4-0-1 since his defeat at the hands of Marcos Maidana that saw him quit. He also questioned his will to remain in boxing, but he found a lot of reserves of will and fight against Berto and put in his finest performance in winning the unanimous decision. A lot has passed since that first encounter however for both men. Both eventually fought Floyd Mayweather Jr, though Berto took five years to get there after the Ortiz loss, and he is 3-3 in his last six fights. For Ortiz part, he is still young and talented, but he has gone 2-3 in his last five fights. The sportsbooks have it a near pick ’em fight as Ortiz is paying at +105 and Berto is at -125. The fact is that both men are in dire need of a win. Berto is coming off the big Mayweather payday, but he is 32 years old now and he has had a few sub-par performances of late. Never-the-less, he looked good and primed against Mayweather, even if he lost every round. As for Ortiz, he has fought just once in the last 15 months and as always, the questions with him surround his focus. He is still just 29 years old and a win here could be the signal of a run in the welterweight division. Both men could put themsleves in line for lucrative paydays in the future with a win. Whatever questions about Ortiz’s toughness should be a thing of the past, as there is no way he would have taken this fight otherwise, having won the first match. For Berto, redeeming the first loss of his career would be very satisfying. The co-main event comes in the Light Heavyweight category and pits Edwin Rodriguez (28-1) against Thomas Williams Jr (19-1). Rodriguez enters the fight a -280 favorite, with the underdog Williams Jr paying at +240. Rodriguez has gone 4-0 since the lone loss of his career at the hands of Andre Ward. He represents the step-up fight for Williams Jr, who has not faced anyone of Rodriguez caliber in his career.
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