If youre not excited for this Saturdays Andre Berto vs. Juan Urango fight at Hard Rock Live, youre A) not into sports, and B) not proud of South Florida. Winter Haven-born, Miami-raised Andre Berto is not only the undefeated WBC welterweight champion, but hes incredibly personable and down-to-earth. In short, this is an athlete you can root for without reservation, and tonight, hes fighting in his home state for the first time in his professional career against Juan Urango, a junior welterweight whos moving up one division. While Urango was a strong puncher for his natural weight class, he should be out-matched by the thicker and battle-tested Berto, whose Haitian roots should bring out a raucous crowd (he fought for Haiti in the 2004 Olympics after being unjustly disqualified from the U.S. trials). Forget ordering this one on Pay-Per-View people, youll want to see this in person at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets start at $50. Go to ticketmaster.com, or call 800-937-0010.
Sat., May 30, 7 p.m., 2009