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Andre Berto Withdraws from the Mosley Fight

January 18, 2010 | Posted by Ramon Aranda

After the massive 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti this month, WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto has been understandibly distraught over the events that have unfolded. Having lost family members in the quake, it’s been difficult to conceive how he has been able to focus on training for his Jan. 30 bout against Shane Mosley in Las Vegas.

Despite attempting to continue with his camp, the emotional toll on Berto has finally become too much and he has officially pulled out of the fight.

Below is a statement from Berto himself:

Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood. I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.

As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30.

Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation. The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event.

We wish Andre the best and our condolences go out to him and his family.

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Obviously this now leaves Shane Mosley without an opponent. We’ve left a message with Golden Boy Promotions about where he goes from here. With Floyd Mayweather also looking for an opponent, we now wonder if the two will lock horns in the near future.

Stay tuned…

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