Andre Berto Set to Defend Title Against Carlos Quintana

Clayton HollowayContributor IIIFebruary 25, 2010

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Andre Berto poses for a photo after defeating Steve Forbes to retian the belt during their WBC welterweight title bout at the Home Depot Center on September 27, 2008 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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One month after he withdrew from his showdown with Shane Mosley due to losing family members in the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti, it has been announced Andre Berto will defend his title against Carlos Quintana on April 10th.

No one knew exactly when Berto would comeback to the squared-circle but after weeks of mourning and helping out family members and victims of Haiti, Berto is ready to resume his incline of the welterweight rankings.

ESPN's Dan Rafael has reported that this April 10th bout is scheduled to be a non Pay-Per-View HBO event at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.

"Andre is energized and ready to fight again," said Promoter Lou DiBella. "The working title of the card is 'Fighting for Haiti.' There will be a lot of charitable elements to the event."

Berto (25-0, 19 KO) is making his fourth title defense against the very tough Puerto Rican, Carlos Quintana (27-2, 21 KO). For those who dont know, Quintana is the only man to ever defeat Paul "The Punisher" Williams, although Williams got his rematch and knocked out Quintana in the 1st round.

The initial Jan. 30th fight with Sugar Shane Mosley would have been much bigger for Berto but Carlos Quintana will still be tough nontheless.

"Obviously, Mosley being the huge name that he is presented a big opportunity for Andre, but I believe this is a good test for him," said DiBella, who promotes both fighters. "He is fighting a guy who is 1-1 with Paul Williams and who is clearly one of the 10 best welterweights in the world. Quintana is an excellent fighter. This fight is no walk in the park."

I think this will be a very exciting welterweight fight. Both fighters are elite boxers with solid resumes. Berto is an undefeated, rising star. Quintana's only two losses are against premiere welterweights, Miguel Cotto and Williams.

This fight is taking place right in the middle of the March 13th bout between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey and the May 1st bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley. Not to mention...the Super-Six Tournament resumes in a few weeks.

We definitely have an exciting three months of boxing to look forward too!