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  Andre Berto Training Camp Quotes

Photos: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME


Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto will look to put himself in a position for another 147-pound title when he faces former world champion Shawn Porter in a world title eliminator that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, April 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

Televised coverage of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT and features unbeaten super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo defending against top contender Charles Hatley.

As Berto wraps up training camp in Oakland with renowned coach Virgil Hunter, he shares some thoughts on camp, his matchup with Porter and more:


How has training camp gone? Do you feel like youre still learning and growing with Virgil Hunter?

Weve had a tremendous training camp out here in the Bay. Im focused and Im in great shape. Training with Virgil is like stepping in to a classroom. Im always learning and growing as a fighter when Im in the gym with him. Weve been pushing to the limit every day and Im just ready to go to work.

What would you say are Shawns strengths in the ring? What do you have to prepare for?

Shawns a great fighter but we are fully focused on what we need to do in the ring. My boxing IQ has grown so much and now everything were doing has a purpose. Ive had tremendous sparring this camp and everyone Ive been there with has been trying to push me to a whole other level so I will be ready for anything come fight night.

We are going to be ready for whatever Shawn brings on April 22. Weve seen him brawl and try to press guys out but he might try do something different in this fight and well be ready for it. Im known for my speed, my power, my explosiveness and Im in fantastic shape so this is definitely going to be a cant miss fight.

What does it mean to you to be in camp with the other great fighters in Hunters stable including Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Andrzej Fonfara and Peter Quillin, amongst others?

We have a tremendous atmosphere out here and we all feed off of each other. Training with all these great fighters and world champions pushes you to another level. We all support each other and it definitely adds another level of motivation during training camp for each of our fights.

What does it mean to you to be in a position to become a three-time world champion?

Becoming a three-time world champion is great motivation. The WBC belt was the first belt that I won and I want it back. I avenged my loss to Victor Ortiz last year but getting the green belt back would bring everything full circle. At this point in my career, every fight is big and a potentially career defining fight so Im taking everything one step at a time and preparing like I need to.


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