Berto vs. Hernandez: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Fight (With Video)
Andre Berto will be defending his WBC welterweight title against unheralded Freddy Hernandez. Berto comes in with a spotless record of 26-0 with 20 knockouts.
Hernandez has a record of 29-1 with 20 knockouts and will be fighting for a major title for the first time. The fight is on the undercard of the the Juan Manuel Marquez-Michael Katsidis card.
This will be the first fight for Berto in seven months and only his second fight of 2010. In his last fight he dismantled usually reliable contender Carlos Quintana.
This will be the third fight for Hernandez in 2010 and his fight since a four-round destruction of Mike Anchondo just two months ago.
These fighters may not be very well known so these are the 10 things you need to know about this fight.
No. 10: Berto Loves the Uppercut
As you will see in the clip above, Berto loves the uppercut and he throws it with a lot of authority. It is one of his main weapons and he uses it often.
If he can get the uppercut going against Hernandez it will be a long night for Hernandez.
No. 9: Berto Has Better Power
Berto doesn't possess amazing one punch power but he does have good enough power to get almost any fighter out of there.
He has knockout wins over David Estrada, Michel Trabant, Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Carlos Quintana. He is the only one to knockout Trabant and Rodriguez although both have multiple losses.
If this turns into a brawl I would favor Berto and his power.
No. 8: Berto Has Better Speed
Hernandez will never be called a speed merchant and that may hurt him in this fight. Berto is going to have a big speed advantage and will use it wisely.
Berto will be able to punch first and should be able to land at will for the most part.
No. 7: Hernandez Hasn't Fought Anyone As Good As Andre Berto
That video features a nasty knockout but it may be the best win for Hernandez at this point. He has never faced anyone as good as Berto and is taking a major step up in class.
He does have some decent wins over the likes of Jesus Soto Karass, Carson Jones, Ben Tackie, Damian Frias, Demarcus Corley and Mike Anchondo.
The problem with that list is all of those guys are older or just average fighters. He is going to be stepping into the ring with one of the best welterweights out there.
If he wants to win he is going to have to have his best performance to date.
No. 6: Berto Is Taking a Step Down
If you a fan of Hernandez or not you can't deny that Berto is taking a big step down in this fight. He has beaten four former world champions and a former European champion.
He takes a lot of heat because he fights guys that aren't top notch but he still faces quality fighters. This is clearly a step down for him and he is getting a lot of heat for it.
At least he is getting in the ring again and not waiting to get back into action in 2011.
No. 5: Hernandez Has Decent Power
There isn't much to say about Hernandez as far as skills that are better than Berto's but he has good enough power to at least make Berto respect it.
He may not knock Berto out but it is good enough that Berto can't come rushing in have no regard for what is coming back at him.
No. 4: Hernandez Is a Tough Guy
He may not have better speed or power but he is a tough cookie. He is like almost every Mexican fighter when it comes to that and he won't go down easy.
He may get beat badly and never be in the fight but he is coming to fight.
No. 3: Both Guys Have Good Chins
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Berto's is more tested but both fighters have good chins and it is going to be hard to put either fighter down let alone knock them out.
Berto has been in a few wars and Hernandez almost always exchanges punches leaving himself open for shots. Berto may get a knockout if either fighter does, but it won't come easy.
No. 2: This Fight Is a Big-Time Mismatch
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I hate to put fighters down and say that one fighter doesn't deserve a title shot, but that is true for Hernandez. He has won a few good fights but not enough.
He has almost no advantages over Berto and is going to have a long night in the ring. Unless Berto makes a massive mental mistake he should win with ease.
No. 1: Berto Is Going to Win Easily
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Like I said before this isn't a tough fight for Berto and I will be shocked if he losses or even has a tough time. He has all the advantages and is a good fighter.
He gets a lot of heat for not fighting top fighters but he is a skilled guy and one that I think can become a force if he gets it all together and stays active.
I call a late TKO for Berto.