Victor Ortiz rode his 2011 victory over Andre Berto to gain a lucrative bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., something Berto had the misfortune of experiencing last year.
When the Ortiz-Berto rematch comes April 30 to StubHub Center in Carson, it could represent a final main-event breath for both.
Premier Boxing Champions announced Thursday that Berto (30-4, 23 knockouts), coming off a one-sided loss to Mayweather in September, will meet Ventura County’s Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) in the main event of a Fox prime-time televised welterweight fight.
In his shot at Mayweather, Ortiz was knocked out by a surprise fourth-round punch following his head butt of Mayweather.
The undercard will include a light-heavyweight fight between former super-middleweight title challenger Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Williams, along with a 10-round featherweight bout between former three-division world champion Fernando Montiel and unbeaten Jorge Lara of Mexico.
Ring Magazine named Ortiz-Berto I the fight of the year as both fighters were knocked down twice before Ortiz emerged with a victory by unanimous decision. In its fight announcement, Premier Boxing Champions wrote: “A victory in the rematch will propel the winner to the forefront of the world title picture in this stacked-with-talent division.”
Premier Boxing Champions has unbeaten welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman in its stable.
“I know I'm in for another war," Ortiz said in the statement. "I've always been open to a rematch because Berto has a big mouth and something to prove. After our fight, he went on a losing streak, because I gave his opponents a blueprint on how to beat him. My losses have been unfortunate, but I wouldn't want to come up against me at this stage in the game. My name is Victor and that's no coincidence."
Said Berto: “This is the fight the people have been waiting for and it's time to give it to them.
“I am in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually. I've never wanted my story to be perfect -- that's boring. Life is filled with ups and downs and I've embraced them all in my career. Everything I've been through has turned me into a savage. It's time to close this chapter once and for all. I want his head."
Tickets, priced $27-$209, are on sale now at axs.com.