By Jennifer Browning
Welterweight Champion Andre Berto will be defending his title against former WBO champion Carlos Quintana on Saturday, April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. A portion of the “Fighting For Haiti” event will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation, benefiting Project Medishare.
Welterweight titleholder Andre Berto withdrew after the earthquake from his scheduled unification fight with Shane Mosley on Jan. 30 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Born to Haitian parents, Berto said he knows that boxing won’t wait for him, but that right now family comes first.
“Some things are bigger than what you do in your professional life and career,” Berto told The Examiner. “You see things happen to your family and a country you’ve tried to help inspire and it takes a toll on you.”
Eight of Andre’s relatives died in the earthquake after a home filled with his mother’s family, siblings and cousins, collapsed. Andre’s half-sister, Naomi, who wasn’t heard from for two days, is now living on the streets with his six-year-old niece, Jessica, because their home was destroyed. If Naomi and Jessica had not decided to take a walk shortly before the earthquake, their fate could have been similar.
Berto headed Haiti shortly after the earthquake with Project Medishare sporting “Team Berto” t-shirts. Berto and his brother Cleveland volunteered during the early days at the Project Medishare.
Andre Berto founded the Berto Dynasty Foundation in February to help raise money for those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti and plans to use the funds to support several initiatives, including: Project Medishare, temporary housing for those who lost their homes and the rebuilding of schools and orphanages. The Berto Dynasty Foundation is currently partnering with Westmark School in Encino, California, to help adopt a school in Haiti and connect the Westmark students with youngsters in Haiti. For more information, visit http://www.andreberto.com .
Tickets for “Fighting For Haiti” are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000) or visiting, http://www.ticketmaster.com and BankAtlantic Center Box Office (1.954.835-7000) http://www.bankatlanticenter.com. 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) http://www.dbe1.com.