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Andrade defeats Hernandez by 2nd round TKO

Demetrius AndradeBy Dan Ambrose: Undefeated junior middleweight contender Demetrius Andrade (16-0, 11 KO’s) defeated 36-year-old last minute replacement opponent Angel Hernandez (30-11, 17 KO’s) by a 2nd round knockout on Friday night on ESPN2 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Andrade, 23, knocked Hernandez down twice in the 2nd round before the fight was halted by referee Steve Smoger after Andrade landed a left to the head followed by a left to the body to put Hernandez down. The first knockdown was a blown call by Smoger, as Hernandez fell down from a slip after missing with a big left. Smoger’s mistake didn’t effect the outcome of the fight thankfully with Andrade’s quick follow up knockdown.

Andrade, a 2008 U.S Olympian, was all arms and legs in the opening round, missing with shots and having a really hard time keeping the rusty Hernandez on the outside. Indeed, Hernandez was able to walk straight through Andrade’s jabs to get in close to tag Andrade with a lot of hard shots.

The action was incredibly sloppy resembling a couple of amateur fighters. Andrade, with his superior power and accuracy, got the best of it but he looked far from impressive.

In the 2nd round, Andrade came out using his jab more and trying to keep the action on the outside. He landed some left hands that got the crowd into the action, but Hernandez continued to fall inside and land shots in a really sloppy manner.

Finally, Andrade connected with a left-right combination that hurt Hernandez. Moments later, Hernandez slipped and fell resulting with the blown call by referee Smoger. When Hernandez got back up and started to fight again, Andrade landed a big left hand to the head followed by a hard left to the body that put Hernandez down for the count. Referee Smoger halted the fight at 1:39 of the round.

I can’t say was impressed with Andrade. He reminds me of a less skilled version of Paul Williams, albeit with a little more power. I see Williams as being a better fighter than the 6’1” Andrade, but both are about the exact same type of fighter. I can’t see this guy being anything more than a future paper champion. A fighter like Saul Alvarez would beat Andrade, as would James Kirkland. I think Vanes Martirosyan and Erislandy Lara would also give him a great deal of trouble.

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