Quotes from Andre Berto, Celestino Caballero, Freddy Hernandez and Jason Litzau regarding their November 27 Bouts
Andre Berto: "Freddy Hernandez is a strong fighter and this fight on November 27th will be a good test for me to close the year. I plan on putting on a good show and hope that my performance on November 27 will set up a big 2011 for me and the mega-fights that I've been wanting and that everyone wants to see me in."
Article posted on 06.10.2010
Celestino Caballero: “This is a great opportunity for me. Nobody at featherweight wants to fight me, so I will face a great boxer like Litzau at super featherweight. I hope to give an excellent performance and to win..”
Freddy Hernandez: "I've worked nine long years to get a shot at a world title and I have every intention to make the most of it. I consider Andre Berto to be the true welterweight champion of the world and a top-10 pound for pound fighter. This is the fight I have wanted more than anything."
Jason Litzau: “Caballero’s been a great champion, but he’s moving up two weight classes. He’s as tall, or even taller than I am, but I’m used to fighting at this weight and even higher. He’ll find that someone his size, who can box and punch, could be quite a different game. I’ll be well prepared to meet any challenge that he comes with.”
Lou DiBella: “Andre Berto and Celestino Caballero are two of the best fighters in the world. Berto must get past a rugged and dangerous Freddy Hernandez. With only one split decision loss on his record, Freddy is not used to losing. Berto must prevail to walk into the big fights he needs and desires. Caballero is the most avoided featherweight in the world, which is why he is fighting at 130 lbs. versus Jason Litzau. With another strong performance, JuanMa Marquez and Gamboa can run, but they won’t be able to hide any longer.”
Hernandez Promoter Gary Shaw: "Freddy Hernandez is known as "El Riel" (The Rail), but come November 27, Andre Berto will be calling Freddy, "El Tercer Riel" (The Third Rail), because when he touches Freddy's right, he'll get the shock of his life. And if Berto has any doubt about that, just ask former world champions DeMarcus Corley and Mike Achondo, who were electrified stiff inside five rounds in Freddy's last two fights."
Litzau Promoter John Wirt: "Jason and his team are excited for this opportunity. Many people wrote Jason off for his fight with Rocky Jaurez, but he proved them wrong. Pelenchin is a great champion, but he's moving up two weight classes within about a year and that is a huge risk against somebody with Jason's credentials. Jason can fight, and he can take a punch, and I suspect that of the three fights on Nov. 27, this is the one that you don't want to miss."
Andre Berto and Celestino Caballero to be Featured in Separate Bouts on November 27 Televised Undercard
(October 5, 2010 – New York, NY) Scarfing down Thanksgiving leftovers just got a lot more action-packed. On Saturday, November 27, two of the best young champions in the world – WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto and WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Celestino Caballero – will both step into the ring on the televised undercard of WBA/WBO/Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez’s title defense against WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Michael Katsidis from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his title against once-beaten, #11 ranked Freddy Hernandez. Hernandez (29-1, 20 KOs) earned the title shot in his last bout, the most impressive of his career, when he stopped former world champion Mike Anchondo in four rounds.
After moving up to featherweight and dominating previously unbeaten Daud Yordan in his last fight, Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs), the reigning WBA Champion at super bantamweight, will again push himself by making the leap to 130 lbs. for a showdown with WBA #3, WBC #4, IBF #6, WBO #10 ranked Jason “The American Boy” Litzau.
“Warriors: Marquez vs. Katsidis,” featuring Berto vs. Hernandez, and Caballero vs. Litzau, will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions, Square Ring Promotions and Marquez Boxing Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and DeWalt Tools. The bouts will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 pm ET / 6:45 pm PT.
Tickets for “Warriors: Marquez vs. Katsidis,” priced at $350, $250, $150, $100 and $50, are on sale. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at http://www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
“What was already a great card has been made sensational with the addition of Berto vs. Hernandez and Caballero vs. Litzau,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment which promotes Berto and Caballero. “Just like in the main event, these two fights will showcase world champions in life-and-death battles. With so much at stake for everyone in the ring, this card gives boxing fans plenty to be thankful for.”
Berto, 27, from Winter Haven, FL, is one of the most exciting young champions in the sport. After winning his title with a stirring seventh round stoppage of Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 2008, he has defended it four times against Steve Forbes, Luis Collazo, Juan Urango, and Carlos Quintana – all former world champions with impressive resumes.
Hernandez, 31, from Mexico City, Mexico, has reeled off thirteen straight fights without a loss, since 2005. His wins over the likes of former world champions Ben Tackie, DeMarcus Corley, and Mike Anchondo have propelled him up the welterweight rankings. Hernandez has never looked better than he did in his last two outings, fourth and fifth round knockouts over Anchondo and Corley, respectively, which vaulted him into this opportunity.
Caballero, 34, of Panama City, Panama, has become one of the most dominant, and most avoided, forces in the lower weight classes. From super bantamweight, where is currently a world champion, to featherweight, where he outclassed top contender Daud Yordan in his last bout, to super featherweight where he will contest his next bout, Caballero is looking to take on all comers to establish that he is the best in the world from 122 to 130 lbs. A sampling of the wins on Caballero’s ledger includes Steve Molitor, Mauricio Pastrana, Daniel Ponce de Leon, and Somsak Sithchatchawal.
Litzau, 27, from St. Paul, MN, is considered one of the most exciting pugilists at any weight class with his all-offense style of fighting. Since coming up short in a title shot at featherweight vs. Roberto Guerrero, Litzau has moved up in weight where he feels stronger, and the results have reflected that. Litzau has won four in a row, including capturing the NABF super featherweight title in his last bout, an upset win over former Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez.
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