Not long ago, the WBC welterweight title was one of the most sought-after titles in boxing. Why? Because
Berto (22-0) hopes to put that question to rest Saturday night when he defends his title for the first time against
"The Rivera fight taught me never to take anyone for granted," Berto told SI.com. "And after Estrada I went to work on my defense."
Berto faces a new challenge in the crafty Forbes, a defensive-minded fighter who has never been knocked out. While Berto says he will continue to look for the power shots, he says he is mentally prepared to go 12 rounds with the former super featherweight champ.
"I'm in ridiculous shape," Berto said. "All camp I've been trying to tire myself out, but I can't do it."
A win would go a long way toward inserting Berto's name into the welterweight mix, or at the very least, making one of the more high-profile contenders target his belt.
"I'm a risky fight for them," Berto said. "If they [lose], it would be a big step back. I don't blame them for not wanting to fight me. But in due time, they are going to have to.