Andre Berto Tears Biceps, Needs Surgery; Ortiz Needs a Replacement Fight Soon

Vitali SCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2012

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 30:  Boxer Andre Berto reacts to the crowd from the stage before the start of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Mosley will meet in a 12-round welterweight bout on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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While it has not yet been confirmed by team Berto, ESPN got news from a reliable source stating that Berto is hurt.

"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.

ESPN reports:

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.

No matter how you look at it, if true, an MRI requiring pain is a guaranteed postponement of the fight.

I happen to be involved in the field of medical imaging, and can tell you that if the MRI is able to show anything abnormal, we are looking at Berto being out for a while. Whether a severe muscle pull or a tear, this injury requires time and care. Rehabilitation times differ, but with the fight being so close, it would be a very unintelligent move to go ahead and let Berto risk further injury.

Hopefully it is nothing serious and Berto can get back into the ring sometime before summer. And maybe—just maybe—this information is false or overblown.

For Ortiz, this should be devastating news, because not only did this rematch pick up great momentum, it was also his way to show the people that his previous victory against Berto was not a fluke and that he is ready for another chance at a big-name fighter. 

UPDATE: According to the Las Vegas Journal, apparently, as predicted, Berto will be undergoing a surgery on his left biceps, and the fight will be postponed. Recovery will take a long time, thus Ortiz may need to look into other options.