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Shane Mosley vs Andre Berto

It began as a war of words fought on internet websites and on Saturday, Jan. 30, welterweight superstars Sugar Shane Mosley and Andre Berto will take their dispute from cyberspace to the ring at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.. The 12-round bout will air live on HBO's World Championship Boxing and will determine once and for all the King of the 147-pound weight class.

"Andre Berto's a good young fighter but he's bitten off more than he can chew with all the talking he's been doing," said WBA Welterweight Super World Champion Mosley. "I've forgotten more about the fight game than he knows and the world will see that in January.."

Berto, the WBC Welterweight World Champion commented, "This is the fight I've waited my whole career for and now it's finally a reality. Shane Mosley made me chase him for a while, but he won't be able to run when we get into the ring on January 30, and I can't wait."

Mosley vs. Berto, a 12-round welterweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. The bout will air live on HBO's World Championship Boxing from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT.

Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50 are now on sale and available for purchase at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya said, "Mosley-Berto is the first big fight of 2010 and it's the perfect way to kick off the boxing year. Mosley fights his best when the challenge in front of him is greatest. Berto is one of the most talented fighters in the world, so I expect Mosley to be at his very best in a great fight on January 30."

"This is one of those can't miss fights in terms of action and Berto and Mosley won't have to look too hard to find each other in the ring," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I think this fight represents the passing of the torch from the old lion in Mosley to the young lion in Berto and I'm expecting an early Fight of The Year candidate. With respect to a first ballot Hall of Famer, the Shane Mosley era ends on January 30."

Richard Sturm, President of Sports & Entertainment for MGM MIRAGE, said, "We are proud to kick off 2010 with Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and HBO Sports and welcome the return of both Shane Mosley and Andre Berto to Mandalay Bay. This will be an exciting fight for not only our customers, but boxing fans around the country."

Kery Davis, senior vice president of programming of HBO Sports said, "Beginning the new season of HBO's World Championship Boxing with Shane Mosley vs. Andre Berto is a spectacular way to start the year. Boxing fans need to mark down January 30 right now on their calendars."

A future Hall of Famer with five world titles to his name, Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO's) has ruled the lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight divisions over his storied 16-year career. However, at 38 years old, the Pomona, Calif. native seems to be getting better and better as the years pass. Winner of seven of his last eight fights dating back to 2005, Mosley has defeated the likes of Fernando Vargas (twice), Luis Collazo and Ricardo Mayorga, but his most recent victory also was one of his most spectacular -- a ninth round stoppage of Antonio Margarito in January 2009 to win the Welterweight World Title for the third time.

One of boxing's top young stars, 26-year-old Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KO's) first made his mark on the worldwide sports scene as a member of the 2004 Haitian Olympic team. However he already has surpassed those accomplishments as an unbeaten professional and world champion. The owner of wins over Cosme Rivera, Michel Trabant, Steve Forbes, Collazo and Juan Urango, the Winter Haven, Fla. native won the WBC Welterweight World Title in June 2008 with a seventh round stoppage of Miguel Angel Rodriguez and has since defended his crown three times. No victory would be bigger than one over Mosley on January 30.

A full undercard and ticket information will be announced shortly. For more information regarding the January 30 event, please visit www.goldenboypromotions.com or www.dbe1.com.

Article posted on 16.11.2009



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