by Tim Harrison
After last week’s shopping spree which included signing former Olympians Andre Dirrell and Yuriorkis Gamboa to promotional deals, TMT Promotions capped off the week with the signing of IBF featherweight titlist, Billy Dibb. The Money Team (TMT) Promotions has reportedly signed former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) to an exclusive deal.
“3 hour power meeting with the big homie @50cent…big plans in the works,” Berto stated via his official Twitter account last night. The photo to the right accompanied his tweet and was taken from his Instagram account. Ben Thompson at FightHype has confirmed that Berto’s deal with Lou DiBella was on a fight-by-fight basis, freeing him up to sign a deal with TMT.
Berto last fought in June, when he stopped Jan Zaveck on cuts. He was scheduled to rematch Victor Ortiz in February, but that fight that was postponed due to an injury sustained by Berto, and again in June, but that fight that was canceled when Berto tested positive for trace amounts of the banned substance, Nandrolone.
Rapper 50 Cent, the head of TMT Promotions has aggressively pursued talent since his announcement to enter into boxing promotions, and has reportedly agreed to deals with former jr. welterweight and welterweight champion, Zab Judah, and two-division world champion, Celestino Caballero.