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Andre Berto Likely to Fight K9 After Golden Boy-DiBella Deal

Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto is likely to return in November.
Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto is likely to return in November.Al Bello/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2012

It's been a whirlwind few days for former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto

A dispute over which promoter represented him, both Golden Boy Promotions and Lou DiBella's DiBella Entertainment made a claim, had held up negotiations for a return to the ring.

It now appears that at least for his next fight, Golden Boy Promotions has won the job.

"I made a deal with Andre, and his manager, to step aside for this fight," Dibella told Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Andre and I won't stand in his way. I'm happy with the deal and I will be working with Andre in his future fights."

The deal was brokered by DiBella and Berto's manager Al Haymon and will likely lead to a fight between Berto (28-1 22 KO)  and IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage in November.

This comes after reports surfaced earlier this week that Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer was hoping to secure this fight for Berto.

The story angered DiBella, who claimed Schaefer had no right to speak for a fighter he had recently been reassured he was still representing.

"Richard could keep talking and say whatever the f*** Richard wants to say. I'm not going to worry about what Richard Schaefer is saying," DiBella told BoxingScene.com's Bill Emes.

"I've been assured that I am Berto's promoter."

 

 

DiBella upped the ante, accusing Schaefer and Golden Boy of trying to force other promoters out of business by poaching fighters.

With a deal reached between the two sides it now appears increasingly likely that Berto will return to the ring on November 24th in the main event of a card televised by HBO. 

Bundrage (32-4 19 KO) won the IBF junior middleweight title in 2010, defeating Cory Spinks by fifth-round TKO. He has successfully defended the title twice.

The fight will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. As for Berto's future fights, that is yet to be seen.

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