Berto: 'The sky's the limit!'
Postfight report by Jason Kotar
Photos by Javiel Centeno - FightWireImages.com
Fresh off his dominating win Juan Urango, WBC Welterweight Campion Andre Berto took the opportunity to briefly address the media at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
“The main thing for me was to show I’m an all around fighter," he said. "I can move, box or stand there and bang.
“We worked on throwing two to three shots and getting out of there, to stay away from the wild shots of Urango.”
When asked about the constant winking at the HBO table in the later rounds, Berto responded, “I was winking at Max Kellerman. He did not think I could adjust to a new game plan.
"But I think I executed it perfectly, so I was letting him know by talking to him later in the fight.”
As for what lies ahead regarding future opponents, Berto said, “The sky is the limit. It is up to promoter Lou DiBella and Al Haymon.”
Promoter DiBella closed the post fight conference by declaring, “We will look for the biggest opportunities out there for.”
Ever the gentleman, Urango up from 140 to challenge Berto, said he knew he had a tough fighter in front of him in Berto.
"I had the opportunity to fight a great champion," said Urango. "We had a strategy and plan, but we fought a very good fighter. At the end of the day, I’m still the 140 pound champion. I have faith in 2009 that doors will open and we will take advantage of those opportunities."
Urango was quick to give credit to his trainer, Evangelista Cotto, for bringing him along as a fighter, saying, “For those that know me, I’m not even close to the fighter I was a few years ago, all thanks to my trainer.”
Promoter Leon Margules spoke about his fighter, saying, “We knew we were in for a tough fight. We took this fight without having to give up our 140 pound belt. We took the challenge and showed we can fight anybody at 140 or 147. We were in with a guy that was a little too quick but Juan acquitted himself well.”
Kermit Cintron spoke with the media after his convincing win over tough Alfredo Angulo.
“I knew this was a tough fight for both me and Angulo," said Angulo. "I went through eight weeks of hell in training camp. I left camp 110% ready for this fight and proved to myself I can be one of the top fighters in the 147 or 154 division.
" I left it all in the ring, just like I promised myself I would do. This is the best I’ve felt in the ring but the best is yet to come. I know I can do more in the ring, there are still some things I have to work on.”
With two losses on his record, both to former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, the question was asked whether there should there be an asterisk next to those losses in light of Margarito being caught cheating before the Shane Mosley fight earlier this year. Cintron took the high road:
"The past is the past. All I can really say is I’m looking forward to the future and that started with this fight today. I just want to continue with my career.”
Promoter Lou DiBella chimed in saying, “Tony Margarito is a cheater, he cheated in a way that can seriously harm the health of his fellow fighters -- shame on him.”
As for a rematch with Sergio Martinez, the current WBC light middleweight champion with whom Cintron was lucky to escape with a draw during their fight in February of this year, Dibella was not optimistic about a rematch.
“It’s not necessarily the case that this rematch will happen. At this stage in Kermit’s career, we will look at all options and go for the biggest opportunity.”
There was quite a bit said on the telecast regarding Angulo arriving the day of the weigh in, and how he looked during the interviews with the HBO team. After the weigh in, Angulo rehydrated only to 159 on the HBO scales while Cintron came into the ring a full ten pounds heavier at 169.
At the post fight press conference, Angulo’s promoter Gary Shaw spoke about the health of his fighter:
“On Tuesday Alfredo was not feeling great. I wanted him to pull out of the fight, which he refused. Today, while at lunch, Alfredo ordered lunch only to each three bites. I asked him, 'Do you still want to fight?' He said yes."