Andrade wins WBO middleweight title with unanimous decision | AP sports

Ruben Hill
October 23, 2018

Matchroom boxing heads to the TD Garden in Boston, Mass to host a night filled with world title action headlined by middleweight championship Demetrius Andrade vs Walter Kautondokwa which will be live streamed on DAZN.

Glen Feldman and Marcus McDonnell scored the fight 120-104. Ramon Cerdan scored it 119-105.

Andrade knocked down Kautondokwa in the first round as Kautondokwa appeared very novice making a lot of mistakes with a tomahawk like jab and his hands going far too low when trying to catch a punch.

An overhand left had Kautondokwa down in the fourth and this time "Boo Boo" went to the ground with him, after both men connected, but Willis decided not to credit the left-handed strike of the African. "I am from the Land of the fearless and although I am relatively unknown and most definitely the underdog going into this fight, it gives me a great advantage to focus on doing my best and surprising my opponent and the fans", Kautondokwa said.

Andrade said he entered the fight with an injured left shoulder. "It bothered me for about a week".

Andrade accepted the challenge and the opportunity to finally become a world champion at 160 pounds and will fight for the vacant WBO title he was originally supposed to challenge Saunders for. He was also a member of the 2008 US Olympic Team.

Kautondokwa (33) is competitive and will present a solid challenge to Andrade because of his scary record of 13 technical knockouts and three knockouts from 17 fights and no losses.

The MAC's decision was based on the fact Saunders tested positive for oxilofrine, a stimulant banned only in-competition in the United Kingdom, but sits on VADA's prohibited list regardless of proximity to fight night.

When the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied Saunders' application for a boxing license because of the positive test on October 9 - costing him a career-high $2.3 million payday - he eventually vacated, knowing he would likely be stripped.

"It was definitely an adjustment, " Andrade said.

'If you're talking about fighters who have taken over-the-counter products like Billy Joe or Dillian Whyte, I've got an enormous amount of sympathy for them, ' Bellew told ESPN.

Hearn said Andrade is likely to fight again in January or February. Eventually, Hearn and Anadrade would like a fight with WBA champion Canelo Alvarez, who recently signed an 11-fight, five-year contract with DAZN, the online streaming platform that broadcast Andrade's fight. "I could have taken [a different] route and taken two easy tune-up fights, but I didn't", said Andrade, who pressed for the Saunders bout rather than an easier path. "One of them will be against Andrade".

World Middleweight title in what would be arguably the Namibian's biggest fight of his boxing career.

In the co-main event, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor, of Ireland, retained her International Boxing Federation and WBA female lightweight titles with a 10-round unanimous decision over Cindy Serrano, of NY. "I expected more from Cindy tonight".

Serrano dropped to 27-5-2, with 10 knockouts.

Tevin Farmer, of Philadelphia, defended his IBF super featherweight title, stopping James Tennyson of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the fifth round.

The official attendance was 6,874.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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