Doghouse Predictions; Andre Berto vs. Miguel Figueroa
Compiled by Coyote Duran (Dec 9, 2006) Photo © Will Hart/HBO
Hey, Howlers! Coyote Duran here filling in as special guest ‘fight prediction compiling dude’ while ‘The Big Dog’ Benny Henderson Jr. is out of town. On HBO’s World Championship Boxing, fight fans will be treated to what should be a pretty entertaining night with a promising main event involving Jermain ‘Bad Intentions’ Taylor, 25-0-1 (17), making his third defense of his World Middleweight Championship against the tough Ugandan, former IBF junior middleweight titleholder, Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, 25-2-1 (15) with 1 NC. The setting is The Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. The time? 10 PM ET/7 PM PT/9 PM Central, Saturday night. The co-feature, however, features undefeated Andre Berto, 15-0 (13), facing Miguel Figueroa, 24-5-2 (14) in an equally promising, 10-round welterweight clash that’s got that potential to please. In today’s edition of ‘Doghouse Decides’, read on to find out what our intrepid writers had to say about who they think wil
l come out ahead in this potentially great showdown.

Benny Henderson Jr.: This is Berto’s biggest test to date and I see him passing this test with a knockout! Give it eight rounds.

Jeremy Valdez: Berto is one of the up and coming prospects in the sport.  Figueroa has solid experience behind him, but I see Berto overwhelming him and producing a KO. Berto KO5

Ian Keogh: I've only seen bits and pieces of both fighters here but I'm picking the younger and more promising Andre Berto by mid rounds stoppage. I can't see the Figueroa standing in with Berto for more then a few rounds. Berto TKO 5.

Vikram Birring: Andre Berto is a young prospect on the rise, with fifteen victories, thirteen coming by way of knockout. Miguel Figueroa is a grizzled veteran, a man whose career began ten years ago. Most of his fights have been in Philadelphia, this is his first stage under the Vegas lights. Lou DiBella is a very intelligent man, for he is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Figueroa is a carefully selected opponent whose purpose is to make Berto shine for the viewers of Home Box Office. Berto by unanimous decision.

Dan Horgan: Berto by majority decision.

Coyote Duran: Do you think Figueroa would get mad if I nicknamed him ‘Miggy Figgy’? Just thought I’d ask and get in on the ground floor of a catchy ‘nom de guerre.’

Believe it or not, this fight has the potential of being the more entertaining fight of the evening or, at least, not as one-sided as Taylor-Ouma. What’s not often recognized about Figueroa is his flat-out toughness. He’s got a helluva chin and doesn’t take too kindly to backing down. In his last bout, Figueroa extended touted welterweight prospect Larry Mosley to a 12-round draw so he’s no joke. In fact, I would consider Figueroa Berto’s toughest challenge to date but Berto’s power will be too much for Miguel. Berto flattens Figueroa in the 11th round numerous times and the fight is stopped as Figueroa bravely keeps on trying to get back on his feet.


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