Rumble on the Reservation

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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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