On the surface, Andre Berto facing Jan Zaveck Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi seemed inevitable. Zaveck is relatively anonymous and has a trinket. Berto is looking to regain hardware and respect.
Many boxing fans were giddy as they watched Berto, 27-1 with 21 knockouts, get thrashed along the ropes by Victor Ortiz four and a half months ago. It was viewed as comeuppance for a fighter undeserving of the years of subsidy received from HBO, treatment that would ideally be reserved for special talents or ticket-sellers. To call Berto a special talent would require unconditional enough infatuation with speed and flash to ignore ‘nuances’ such as defense, in-fighting, and durability. To call him a ticket-seller is concretely false. To call him a potential special talent is a reach.