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Andre Berto scores 1st-round KO of Freddy Hernandez

Andre Berto came into his fight with big aspirations. He came in hoping to earn a strong enough win to earn a shot at the likes of Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.

Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) took another step toward achieving those goals as he scored a knockout of Freddy Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs) 53 seconds into the first round and retained his WBC 147-pound title.

It was a hard right that Hernandez barely saw coming.

It remains to be seen who Berto gets next. He called out Shane Mosley, Pacquiao or whoever is ready to step up after the fight.

"Right now. At this point it doesn't matter," Berto told Larry Merchant.

Berto was set to take on Mosley earlier this year, but the earthquake that rocked Haiti put that fight on the rocks. The bout was never rescheduled.

A Berto-Mosley matchup is an intriguing possibility. But it's likely that Mosley is seeking to set up a spring bout with Pacquiao. Miguel Cotto could be a possibility for Berto. Although Cotto may opt to stay at 154 pounds.

New York Sports