Monday, April 5, 2010

SPORTS:Fight Card This Saturday to Raise Money For Haiti

By Hal Habib
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Haitian-American Andre Berto gave up a big fight because of the earthquake in Haiti. Now he's climbing back into the ring because of it.

Berto, a native of Miami who represented Haiti in the 2004 Olympics, stepped away from a bout against Shane Mosley to assist in relief efforts after losing an uncle and seven cousins in the January disaster.

This Saturday in Sunrise, Berto (25-0, 19 knockouts) will defend his WBC welterweight title against Carlos Quintana (27-2, 21 KOs) on the BankAtlantic Center's Fighting for Haiti card promoted by Lou DiBella.

The card will begin at 7 p.m. HBO coverage will start at 10:30 p.m.

Twenty percent of the sale of VIP tickets and 10 percent of all other tickets will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation benefiting Project Medishare, the joint effort of two doctors, Barth Green and Arthur Fournier, to improve health conditions in Haiti.

Besides the 12-round Berto bout, HBO will show a featherweight fight between Panama's Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) and Indonesia's Daud Yordan (25-0, 19 KOs).

Three former members of the Cuban national boxing team also will be featured. Junior featherweight Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (5-0), now of Miami, will face Colombia's Reynaldo "El Denista" Lopez (30-7-3) in a 10-round bout. Rigondeaux, 29, donated the entire purse of his most recent fight in February to Haitian relief.

Yudel Jhonson (5-0), also based in Miami, will fight an unnamed opponent in a four-round welterweight bout. Also to be announced is the opponent for Yunier Dorticos (3-0), a cruiserweight.

Berto visited Haiti on a relief mission after the earthquake, documenting his visit on his Web site and on video.

"I knew every extra pair of hands on the ground in Port-au-Prince could make the medicine get to doctors a little quicker or give the grieving another consoling embrace," Berto wrote. "I hope everyone knows boxing is my life, but when I was in Haiti, I didn't think about it one time."

Tickets for “Fighting For Haiti” are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000) and BankAtlantic Center Box Office (1.954.835-7000). Tickets are priced at $250, $100, $65, and $35. VIP Ringside tickets are available for private sale for $500 by calling DiBella Entertainment (1.212.947.2577).

Source: PalmBeachPost

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