Rumble on the Reservation

If you’re not excited for this Saturday’s Andre Berto vs. Juan Urango fight at Hard Rock Live, you’re 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 he’s incredibly personable and down-to-earth. In short, this is an athlete you can root for without reservation, and tonight, he’s fighting in his home state for the first time in his professional career against Juan Urango, a junior welterweight who’s 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, you’ll 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

 
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