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Andre Berto, Shawn Porter set for WBC welterweight title eliminator fight

Shawn Porter Andre Berto

Shawn Porter Andre Berto

Shawn Porter and Andre Berto will battle in a world title elimination fight that will headline a Showtime-televised card on April 22, 2017 (9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center, New York City, Brooklyn.

The Berto-Porter fight is a must-see fight that will determine one of Thurman’s mandatory next challengers.

That means Porter could earn a rematch of his razor-close, action-packed decision loss to Thurman in their title fight this past June at Barclays Center, or Berto could earn a chance to reclaim the 147-pound title belt he once held.

Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs), 29, an Akron, Ohio native now living in Las Vegas, won a world title by decision over Devon Alexander — at Barclays Center — in December 2013, knocked out Paulie Malignaggi in the fourth round of his first defense, and then suffered a majority decision loss to England’s Kell Brook in a mild upset in August 2014.

Berto (31-4, 24 KOs), 33, of Winter Haven, Florida, has twice held welterweight world titles, first winning a belt in 2008 and making five successful defenses and winning another belt in 2011 but vacating before he defended it. A shoulder injury and a suspension for a failed drug test caused a pair of 14-month layoffs.

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