Demetrius Andrade easily disposes of mandatory contender Maciej Sulecki.
Fighting in front of his hometown crowd of Providence, Rhode Island for the first time in his career, Demetrius Andrade did whatever he wanted as he defeated WBO number one contender Maciej Sulecki by unanimous decision (120-107).
Andrade started the fight more aggressively than in previous outings. Wanting to get his pound of flesh early the hometown product knocked down Sulecki with a straight left midway through the round.
Rounds two, three and four saw Andrade continue to successfully fight on the front-foot. Sulecki had issues avoiding the shots which led to being stunned by a left-hand on top of the head at the end of the fourth.
In the fifth, Andrade started to box on the back foot. At this point, the champ was switch-hitting from southpaw to orthodox.
As one of the more versatile boxers in the sport, he was in a groove and having fun in there. He landed a variety of shots to the head and body, and even broke out a “bolo” move during the round.
The middle rounds saw the champ continue to keep the fight at a distance. He slowed down the pace as he brought his jab more into play.
When the challenger tried to punch, he just couldn’t land with enough power. Andrade would use his footwork and upper body movement to avoid the shots, then land with punches of his own.
The hometown favorite took to fighting in a glorified crouch in the tenth. Fighting with his legs bent and hands low, he embarked on a different strategy as he sat down on his punches, looking to land power left-hands from the southpaw stance.
He would find repeated success with that punch.
Knowing he had victory in the bag, the champion coasted during the championship rounds. Playing towards the hometown fans, Andrade shimmied at the close of the final round with the Dunkin Donuts Center crowd cheering the champion’s performance at the end of the fight.
During the post-fight interview, Andrade said he’s the best middleweight in world and called out Canelo Alvarez.
“Forget all the WBC shit. Whatever that franchise belt is, Canelo, let’s go man. Let’s unify this division, let’s have one champion. It’s right here. Let’s do it, that’s it.
“There’s no more running, there’s no more games. Let’s put it all on the line and see who the best, mano e mano, cajones for cajones. Let’s go, Viva La Mexico!”
He went on to say that it’s time to get in the ring with division’s elite, then proceeded to also challenge Gennady Golovkin.
“Where’s Canelo, where’s GGG? What’s the hold up?”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.