Andrade Claims WBO Title With Dominant Win
After many months of frustration of not getting a chance to fight for a middleweight world title, Demetrius Andrade is now the WBO middleweight champion.
Andrade defeated Walter Kautonodkwa by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBO belt in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing USA card in Boston. Andrade won with scores of 120-104, 120-104 and 119-105.
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The fight started about as well for Andrade as he could have ever expected, save for a knockout win. Andrade knocked down Kautondokwa in the first round and continued attacking with body shots and quick jabs. Andrade’s power and speed knocked Kautondokwa down three more times early, once in the third and twice in the fourth. After those four knockdowns, Kautondokwa managed to stay vertical but was unable to provide any significant challenge to Andrade, a two-time world champion at 154 pounds and now a three-time champion.
The main event underwent a sudden change earlier this month as Andrade was actually supposed to face Billy Joe Saunders for the title. After Saunders tested positive for oxilofrine and was denied a license to fight in Boston, the title was vacated by Saunders. This gave way for Andrade and Kautondokwa, Saunders’ replacement, to fight for the vacant title.
The co-main event featured another wide unanimous decision in a world title fight. This time, it was Katie Taylor successfully retaining her unified WBA and IBF women’s lightweight titles against Cindy Serrano. Taylor won with scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90.
The fight was extremely one-sided as Taylor would simply land the right hand with ease while Serrano never really got into a groove at any point. Taylor spent all 10 rounds punishing Serrano and at times, it almost seemed like Taylor would get a stoppage win. It was Taylor’s second title defense as the unified champion as she now improves her record to 11-0 as a pro.
Demetrius Andrade defeated Walter Kautondokwa by unanimous decision (120-104, 120-104, 119-105) to win the Vacant WBO Middleweight Title
Katie Taylor defeated Cindy Serrano by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to retain the Unified WBA/IBF Women’s Lightweight Title
Tevin Farmer defeated James Tennyson by TKO, round 5 to retain the IBF Super Featherweight Title
Kid Galahad defeated Toka Kahn Clary by unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 115-113) to win an IBF Featherweight Title Eliminator
Katie Taylor (c) vs. Cindy Serrano: Unified WBA/IBF Women’s Lightweight Title
Round 1: Taylor stays in the center of the ring as Serrano moves around the ring. Taylor throws a series of 1-2 combinations and Serrano played defense throughout the ring.
Round 2: Taylor keeps throwing multiple combinations and Serrano keeps getting pressured by the champion. Serrano is still trying to find her range against Taylor.
Round 3: Serrano is on the ropes early as Taylor works the body. Taylor continues to outbox Serrano as Serrano has yet to land any meaningful punches as of this point.
Round 4: Taylor lands a big right hand early upstairs, followed by a left hook in the center of ring. Taylor is now overpowering Serrano with the lead right hand and Serrano does not have an answer for it just yet.
Round 5: Taylor starts the round by landing a strong left uppercut to Serrano. Serrano is still finding her range against Taylor and the champion still landing that big right hand.
Round 6: Both women start the round by exchanging shots, but soon Taylor would get the better of the exchange. Taylor continues to stay in the middle of the ring, picking her moments to land the right hand.
Round 7: Taylor is looking for the stoppage from the start of the round. Taylor becomes more aggressive with her punches. Taylor starts to taunt Serrano, daring her to throw a punch, but Serrano was unable to land any good punches.
Round 8: Taylor goes back to landing the right hand while Serrano tries to find a way to string together a good series of punches to get back into the fight.
Round 9: The round starts with Taylor throwing a 1-2 to the body as she keeps dominating the fight. Taylor now lands a big left hook that lands on Serrano’s chin.
Round 10: The last round of the fight starts the same as the rest of the fight with Taylor taking control thanks to her right hand. Serrano continues to get outboxed by the undefeated champion as the fight comes to an end.
Official Result: Katie Taylor defeated Cindy Serrano by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to retain the Unified WBA/IBF Women’s Lightweight Title
Demetrius Andrade vs. Walter Kautondokwa: Vacant WBO Middleweight Title
Round 1: Andrade starts landing the left hand early and even knocks down Kautondokwa in the opening minutes of the bout. Andrade hit Kautondokwa with a shot while he was down but the referee didn’t seem to notice the punch.
Round 2: Andrade starts working the body and landing the left hand. Andrade slips in a counter left hook upstairs. Andrade goes for another left hook, but misses and Kautondokwa grazes Andrade with a left hook of his own.
Round 3: Andrade continues his impressive start by landing a combination that ended with a left hook, knocking down Kautondokwa. Kautondokwa is slow to get up but eventually continues to fight and is still overmatched.
Round 4: Kautondokwa is down again after a weird exchange ended with both men down. Kautondokwa recovers, but is then knocked down by Andrade. Kautondokwa then tries to end the round with a flurry of punches, but Andrade recovers.
Round 5: Kautondokwa is starting to pace himself around the ring, throwing the occasional punch or two while Andrade keeps landing the 1-2. Andrade works the body throughout the round, landing several hooks and slipping under Kautondokwa’s punches.
Round 6: Andrade continues to land the straight left jab to the body. Andrade keeps mixing his punches and getting to Kautondokwa’s body with relative ease.
Round 7: Kautondokwa lands a quick left, but Andrade connects a combination to the body. Andrade then lands a counter right hook directly to Kautondokwa’s chin. Kautondokwa landed a right hand that seemed to stagger Andrade in the closing minute of the round.
Round 8: Andrade starts landing a series of left hooks to Kautondokwa, who is trying to find an opening to counter punch Andrade. Andrade is still moving around the ring well, while Kautondokwa remains a sitting duck for Andrade’s quick jabs to the body and left hooks.
Round 9: Andrade and Kautondokwa exchange a couple of jabs to start the round. Kautondokwa misses a right uppercut when Andrade got close. Andrade throws a flurry of punches to the body. Andrade continues to throw jabs upstairs to Kautondokwa.
Round 10: At this point of the fight, Andrade is not really trying to go for the knockout punch. Instead, Andrade is cautious, trying to avoid any costly mistake that would result in his defeat. Andrade continues to throw the occasional jab and left hook while Kautondokwa is unable to connect anything big.
Round 11: Andrade is slipping under Kautondokwa’s weak left hooks. Andrade is not throwing much in this round, but does land a left jab to the body. Kautondokwa is also not really trying to look for the knockout punch as he is now on the receiving end of several left hooks.
Round 12: The final round starts out with Andrade landing a big flurry to the body as he is trying to pepper Kautondokwa with fast and plentiful punches. Both men get tangled up on the ropes as they try to connect close punches to each other. The last minute of the fight does not get a lot of action except for a quick flurry of hooks in the final 10 seconds.
Official Result: Demetrius Andrade defeated Walter Kautondokwa by unanimous decision (120-104, 120-104, 119-105) to win the Vacant WBO Middleweight Title