Eight years in the past this month, Brandon Berry started his skilled boxing profession. Saturday, Berry will make the most important leap of that profession, together with his first professional combat exterior of New England.
A West Forks native and welterweight, Berry (21-5-2) will combat Alex Sandro Duarte (15-11-1) on the Mariott World Heart in Orlando, Florida. Till Wednesday, Berry was scheduled to combat Gabriel Fernando Punalef Calfin, a veteran boxer from Argentina. The combat promoters, Lank Promotios, informed Berry that Calfin was having hassle securing journey and needed to again out. Berry stated he is aware of just a little about Duarte, having ready to combat him in a bout that finally was canceled roughly a 12 months in the past.
“Not who I wished and skilled for however nonetheless am comfortable to combat,” Berry stated.
Saturday’s combat is not going to be a protection of the Common Boxing Affiliation All-American Welterweight title Berry received final 12 months with a victory over Zack Kuhn and defended three weeks in the past, beating Gael Ibarra through TKO within the fifth spherical. Berry has received his final eight fights, six by TKO.
This might be Berry’s second combat in three weeks, and third since mid-March. Berry stated he’s not involved that fatigue might be an element Saturday night time.
“I rested every week (after the Ibarra combat). That’s truly longer than I deliberate,” Berry stated.
Berry stated promoter Fabiano Pena obtained him this combat on the Lank Promotions card.
“He is aware of my spouse (Jillian) and I prefer to go to Florida. This combat got here on the proper time,” Berry stated.
In keeping with Berry’s profile on boxrec.com, he’s at present ranked 91st out of 380 welterweights within the nation. Now 33 years previous, Berry sees this combat in Orlando as an opportunity to realize extra discover and maybe the chance for larger and higher fights. As Berry stated, he’s not getting any youthful.
“If I can go to Orlando and beat a man like this, it makes me extra interesting to promoters. If I win, I’m price their time,” Berry stated.
Initially from Brazil, Duarte now lives in New York Metropolis. Courting again to March 2019, Duarte has misplaced 5 of his final six fights. Duarte’s final bout was on March 12, a 3rd spherical TKO loss to Christopher Galeano in Plant Metropolis, Florida.
Saturday’s combat is scheduled for six rounds.