We will start with the Andre Berto-Freddy Hernandez fight. Lem Satterfield of Fanhouse reports that the fight is a done deal and is a go for Nov. 27.
It will be part of a HBO triple-header from Las Vegas. In all honesty, this is a very disappointing fight for Berto and you can’t really spin it otherwise.
Hernandez isn’t a top welterweight and has a loss to Golden Johnson. His best win is over former titlist Mike Anchondo and, quite frankly, that isn’t very impressive at all.
This fight won’t be sending Berto to the Hall of Fame but it is the right fight for him right now. There aren’t any good fights out there for him and Hernandez is about as good as a B-level fighter can get.
Hernandez is tall and has some good punching power, but will be much slower and is just not as skilled as Berto. If Berto can dominate him and then talk some trash, he could land a big fight.
If he does that I would suspect that he will fight Miguel Cotto as Shane Mosley no longer looks like a legitimate option.
In a very surprising move it appears Victor Ortiz will fight Andriy Kotelnik on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana fight.
This is a surprising development as Ortiz has fought three older over-the-hill fighters in Antonio Diaz, Nate Campbell, Vivian Harris, and tomato can Hector Alatorre.
Kotelnik proved in his last fight against Devon Alexander that he is a competent, top fighter in the 140-pound division. It appears that Golden Boy is deciding to do-or-die with Ortiz.
This would be his biggest win by far and would put him back towards the top end of the 140-pound division. Ortiz has shown some good boxing skills since his loss to Maidana.
He isn’t the same free-swinging, power-punching fighter we saw lose to Maidana in 2009. He wouldn’t get this win easily and it’s a tossup on who would win.
We know that Ortiz can destroy older fighters and second-rate fighters. Kotelnik is neither old nor shot and is a very smart fighter, can take a shot, and doesn’t make many mistakes.
All four losses of Kotelnik’s losses have been close outside of the drubbing by Khan who was just to tall and to fast for him.
This fight is sink or swim for Ortiz and it will prove if he is the fighter that many people think he can be. If he loses to Kotelnik he isn’t top level material.
It also appears that Chad Dawson will fight Tavoris Cloud in his next fight. This fight, if made, will be a huge fight and should provide some good action.
Dawson is coming off his first career loss to Jean Pascal and Cloud is coming off a close decision win to Glen Johnson. Both fighters have something to prove and should let it all hang out.
This fight is long ways off, but it makes sense for both fighters. They both need a good win against a good fighter and this fight would provide that.
Cloud has been talking about wanting Dawson and it appears that his wish could come true. If this does happen look for it in early 2011.
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