Hearn: Hard To Deny Andrade As A Draw
7,136 fans welcomed home Demetrius Andrade on Saturday night, as he would dominate in his unanimous decision win over Maciej Sulecki.
“Initially, we hoped for 4,000,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com of expected attendance inside Providence Rhode Island’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center. “It would’ve still been a good crowd, it’s a nice solid number for his first fight here.”
“It just baffled me in 11 years that he’s never fought at home,” noted Hearn of the former Olympian turned middleweight champion. “And it only hurt his marketability and the ability to generate any kind of buzz wherever he fought. If you’re from Providence and you’re fighting in Los Angeles, for example, how do you expect to create an atmosphere.
“But when you fight him here in his hometown, tonight it was vibrant. There was just an energy, it was electric.”
The initial wave of ticket sales would completely change the initial layout for the event, shocking Hearn and set the course for what’s next for Andrade upon return.
“What we did, originally we just opened the bottom tier which holds 5,900,” revealed Hearn. “Then we had to open the upper tier.
“We had 2,300 seats which we didn’t open for tonight, which we hope to do as the next phase for when he comes back.”
“The hard thing now is getting him the right fights,” Hearn said. “Because to be honest, if I’m Oscar, I’m not letting Canelo fight him. If I’m GGG, I’m not fighting him. So now it’s up to the broadcaster to say, these are the fights we want to see.
“The difference now is, nobody can go in there and say that he’s not a draw. We erased that with this show tonight.”
Report: Boxing Scene