Andrade Retains With TKO Of Akavov

In the first defense of his third world title, Demetrius Andrade would walk out of the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden as WBO middleweight champion.

Andrade would dictate the pace and dominate the majority of the fight against Artur Akavov on Friday night.

Akavov would try to keep pace with the champion in their 12-round title fight, but with the exception of a ninth round win for Akavov, it was all Andrade.

Andrade would cap the fight off with a punch that would set off some controversy to those watching in New York and at-home. With less than a minute remaining in the round, Akavov would get clipped with a clean shot by Andrade causing the referee to jump in and stop the fight with under 30 seconds to go.

By all accounts Akavov was alert and keeping up with Andrade, while being in no danger of being dropped by the champion.

Lou DiBella, who acts as the Russian’s promoter, would go wild on the referee as would Akavov while Andrade would take the TKO and retain his world title.

In the co-main event, former world champion Jorge Linares would be stopped by Pablo Cesar Cano in the first round. Cano would avenge his brother,  Ivan, who was stopped by Linares in 2015.


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