Manchester, New Hampshire – Junior middleweight prospect and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade proved to be too much for former world title challenger Saul Duran on Wednesday night at the Fight to Educate card held annually at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Demetrius Andrade proved to be too much for former world title challenger Saul Duran on Wednesday night at the Fight to Educate card held annually at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Andrade dished out punishment for 3 rounds, managing to floor the challenger at the end of the second and third rounds. Duran did not answer the bell to start the fourth.
Andrade, who up until recently has been an unproven prospect, now holds wins over two legitimate, but past-their-prime opponents, in Grady Brewer and Saul Duran. With the win Andrade improves to 15-0, with 10 knockouts, while Duran drops to 38-19-2.
Fight results from Manchester
It was a quick evening of even quicker knockouts at the annual “Fight to Educate” benefit show at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday night.
In the main event, 2008 US Olympian and rising pro junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (15-0, 10 K’s) stopped Mexico’s former two time world title challenger Saul Duran (38-19-2, 31 KO’s) in a catchweight bout at 157 pounds.
Andrade was in control from the get go, but Duran was game for the first few rounds.
In the 2nd round, Andrade scored an official knockdown in what appeared to be a push more than anything.
In the 3rd a right hand from Andrade forced Duran to turn away in pain and a left hand as he turned away put him on the canvas.
Duran got up in time to beat the count and the round ended. However, in between rounds he opted to quit.
-In middleweight action, upset specialist Jose Medina (15-9-1, 7 KO’s) had a rare fight that he was favored to win against faded 1992 Puerto Rican Olympic bronze medalist Anibel Acevedo (13-8-1, 11 KO’s). Medina did win when Acevedo quit on his stool following the 2nd round.
Medina dropped Acevedo in the 2nd round with a right hand. Acevedo beat the count, but didn’t want to continue in between rounds.
-In the welterweight division, 2008 US Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (15-1, 4 KO’s), returning to the ring for the first time since suffering his first career loss to Gabriel Bracero on a Shobox televised bout earlier this year, won via 1st round TKO over Jamal Del Cid (7-6, 3 KO’s) when he scored a knockdown with a combination culminated by a final left hand that put Del Cid on the canvas. Del Cid beat the count, but didn’t seem too interested in continuing. It was O’Connor’s first fight under the guidance of new trainer Ronnie Shields.
-In a featherweight fight, Claremont, New Hampshire’s Dan Powers (4-0, 2 KO’s) was forced to go the distance for the second time in row and second time in his young career by winning a unanimous decision over Massachusetts’ Luis Rosario (4-16, 2 KO’s)by scores of 40-36 three times. Powers, fighting in his home state for the first time since his pro debut one year ago, dominated the older and bigger Rosario landing the harder punches at a better workrate for the duration on the bout.
-In the opening bout of the evening, Windsor, Vermont’s Chris Gilbert (2-0, 2 KO’s), fighting the closest to home he’s fought as a pro, wasted no time in disposing of Springfield, Massachusetts’ Noel Garcia (2-12-1, 1 KO) as he landed a beautiful right uppercut that scored a knockdown in the first round. Garcia made it to his feet, but was unsteady and the fight was waved off at 1:33 of the round. The fight was a junior middleweight contest with Gilbert weighing 151.2 pounds and Garcia weighing 147.4 pounds.
Demetrius Andrade stays unbeaten with third round TKO
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Providence light middleweight Demetrius Andrade stayed unbeaten on Wednesday night with a third round TKO over Mexico's Saul Duran in the main event of the 10th annual Fight To Educate card at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Enjoying target practice for the full three rounds, Andrade (15-0, 10 KO) dropped Duran at the end of the second and third rounds, unloading a series of crisp, hard punches. Duran was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round.
Now rated No. 14 by the World Boxing Council and No. 15 by the World Boxing Organization, the 23-year-old Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, appears to be closing in on a major fight in 2012.
"I came out aggressively," Andrade said after the fight. "The plan was to use my jab. He had a soft stomach and didn't look like he was in great shape.
"As long as I use my speed, everything is easy. He's a tough fighter who took some good blows. I hope to fight once more before the end of this year."
Photo courtesy of Emily Harney
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