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Entering Last Chance Territory For Berto & Maybe Alexander, Aug. 4th



As we look into the near distant future, August looms as a must win month for a pair of vets.

I know, we tend to deem fights “must win” a lot.

But really, truly, Andre Berto (31-5) is in that territory where he needs to down Devon Alexander, on August 4, in NY, or else.

Wait, or else what?

Well, I think it depends on HOW Berto looks against Alexander, now resurgent after kicking the monkey, in the form of a pill addiction, off his back.

Freinds, Berto is 35 years old in September, and that’s not old man territory, but within the realm of the sweet and savage science, it is getting there. The wear and tear of getting ready for all those bouts, all the blows absorbed in sparring to get the body and mind ready for combat…well, 34 is…not young.

Of course, age can indeed just be a number. 34 can feel and even look like 24 in this age, where we know so much abut supplements and training. A guy can look not at all his age and sure, 24 could indeed be the new 24 if Berto can impose a possible strength and power advantage over Alexander, age 31, in Long Island, and on Fox TV.

But let us traffic in brutal truth honesty here—Berto is 3-4 in his last seven, and comes off an. Now, maybe he’s rested up since his stoppage loss to Shawn Porter, and has turned back the clock. Maybe the time off has served him more than well, and he looks as good as can be against Alexander, who figures to have a mobility edge which makes him a favorite in my sports book.

Time will be the truth teller..

Berto, now 34 years old and coming off a 9th-round TKO at the hands of Porter, will likely open as the favorite against 31-year-old Alexander (27-4-1). Although the odds aren’t officially available for this match-up, when they do come out it’s important to know for any of you looking to wager, by checking out what reviews sportsbooks, you can see which offer the quickest payout speed and are the highest reviewed.

Back to the fight, Berto hasn’t fought since April 2017 and looked almost disinterested, at times, in the Porter fight.

Or maybe it was more about how, inevitably, reflexes dim. He was well behind on all three cards through eight rounds and the only real damage he was able to do came via his head. OK, Alexander isn’t the same fighter who beat Marcos Maidana back in 2012, but he’s at or above Berto’s level, he has a slight reach advantage, and he’s been busier, drawing with Victor Ortiz in February and beating Walter Castillo last November. He’s on a re-ascent and Berto looks to be real close to endgame. Of course, Berto knows his psyche, and only he knows what the future could hold if he loses to Devon and doesn’t look decent in doing so.

No, I’m not going to go there, and ask the vet, a pro since 2004, if this might be last call if he loses. I wouldn’t put the proud vet on the spot like that. I’m assuming he believes he’s dialed in correctly and thinks he has a real, real good chance to better Alexander.

But I admit, I think Devon has the upper hand here, in body freshness, and Devon’s trainer Kevin Cunningham agrees. During a Tuesday chat, he told me he thinks his guy gets his hands raised and furthermore, thinks it will be a fan friendly scrap.

Readers, talk to me…who wins Alexander versus Berto, and how?

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.