When: June 23, 2012
Where: STAPLES Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
Why: WBC Silver Welterweight Championship
Former WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz will face former WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto in a highly anticipated rematch of one of the best fights of 2011. In their first thriller, Ortiz outpointed then-unbeaten Berto with ringside scores of 114-111, 114-112, and 115-110, taking away Berto’s WBC welterweight championship in the process. And now, Andre Berto wants revenge on Victor Ortiz. The rematch has been scheduled for Saturday, June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, this time for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship.
In the co-main event, scheduled for 12 rounds in the super lightweight division, former Three Division World Champion Humberto Soto squares off against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse. The doubleheader will be telecast live on SHOWTIME.
Opening Boxing Lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook - Victor Ortiz ( +115 ) Vs. Andre Berto ( -145 )
The current WBC Silver Welterweight Championship boxing line has Andre Berto as the boxing favorite at -145, meaning you have to risk $145 to $100. Victor Ortiz is this fights underdog, that has value at +115, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $115.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. The current total rounds betting line has the OVER 9.5 Rounds ( -125 ). Meaning that if you think the fight is going to go to at least 10 rounds for you to win your bet. You will need to bet $125 to win $100. The Under 9.5 Rounds ( -105 ), meaning you need to risk $105 to win $100.
The opening lines on Ortiz Vs. Berto Over/Under is at 9.5 Rounds with the Over at -125 Odds at Bookmaker.eu.
Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO) hasn't fought since his controversial knock out in the 4th round by Floyd Mayweather in September of last year. Ortiz had intentionally head-butted Mayweather, instantly being docked a point by referee Joe Cortez. When Ortiz repeatedly wanted to hug and touch gloves, Floyd wanted to fight. He caught Ortiz with his hands down and the young champion was soon a young former-champion.
Andre Berto's (28-1 with 22 KOs) comeback, although considerably more understated, was also all the more successful. He defeated Slovenia’s Jan Zaveck in a fantastic showing, earning the IBF’s version of the welterweight championship—a belt he recently vacated in order to face Ortiz immediately rather than fulfill a mandatory obligation that would have been due.
The stakes are very high for this fight due to the fact that the winner will be in line for a big money fight and the loser will fall to the back of the pack. If Ortiz wins again as he did via unanimous decision in their donnybrook last year, it will be difficult but not impossible to sell a rematch to the public between him and Floyd Mayweather (43-0 with 26 KOs), sence he beat Miguel Cotto (37-2 with 30 KOs) in his last boxing match.
The controversial ending to their fight last year would of course be the selling point. Should Berto emerge victorious, a fight against Mayweather would be a possibility sometime either at the end of this year or sometime in 2013. Of course, there is always the possibility that if the second fight is on par with the first fight in regards to excitement and action, a rubber match could be in order in the event that Berto won.