Andrade decisions Sulecki, Parker beats Leapai – live fight results
By Jim Dower: WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) defeated challenger Maciej Sulecki (28-2, 11 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Andrade dropped Sulecki in the first round, but after that he focused on his defense for the remainder of the fight. He tried to finish Sulecki off after knocking him down, but he missed with a wild flurry of shots. In fact, it was Sulecki who nailed Andrade with a nice punching while he was unloading on him. After the round ended, Andrade’s corner warned him not to go to war with Sulecki. They spotted how Andrade was getting hit by Sulecki, and looking tired after just one round. He looked like an older fighter. Andrade’s inability to recover from throwing more than a handful of shots made it impossible for him to throw more than one punch at a time. Sulecki didn’t realize how limited Andrade.
Andrade attempted to fight aggressively in rounds 11 and 12
In rounds 11 and 12, Andrade bent forward and threw single punches, hoping to catch Sulecki with something big. One could see how exhausted Andrade was at that point, as he had nothing on his shots, and he was missing badly. His face had the look of exhaustion, and his legs looked like they were gone from fatigue. Andrade was fortunate that Sulecki didn’t realize what he had in front of him, because he could have made things interesting. Andrade missed continually with his shots, and it was embarrassing to watch.
It looked like Andrade got tired, and his legs were too rubbery for him to continue to let his hands go. Sulecki failed to recognize how tired Andrade was in the championship rounds, because if he’d gone after him, he would have done a lot better. Andrade was clearly exhausted in rounds 9, 10, 11 and 12. Had this been a more aggressive opponent like Gennady Golovkin or Saul Canelo Alvarez, they both would have stopped the tired looking Demetrius.
Andrade fought like an American version of Billy Joe Saunders with all the defensive movements, showing boating, and running. It hard to watch. The boxing fans in the crowd likely only refrained from booing Andrade this is his hometown. If not for that, they would have booed him, because this was a very boring fight to watch.
The scores were were 120-107, 120-107 and 120-107. Boxing News 24 scored it for Andrade 120-107. The fight wasn’t impressive enough for Andrade to lure Saul Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. Andrade ran too much, and looked poor, especially in the later rounds.
Andrade’s performance was too dull to lure Canelo or GGG to want to fight him
The fight was incredibly boring to watch due to the nonstop defensive focus by Andrade.
“Canelo lets’s go. Let’s unify the division,” said Andrade after the fight. “There’s no more running there’s no more games.”
This was a missed opportunity for Andrade, 31, to impress the boxing world, and apply pressure on Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
It was a pretty terrible performance by Andrade. After the way he fought tonight, Andrade can forget about ever getting a fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. They don’t like fighting runners, and Andrade was doing A LOT of running tonight.
Focusing on defense was a mistake by Andrade
Andrade should have opened up with his offense more, because he needed to impress Canelo and Golovkin. He was too concerned with making sure he didn’t get hit by Sulecki, and that kept him from letting his hands go the way he needed to. Andrade did a lot of showboating during the fight. We saw the Ali shuffle, and attempts at throwing bolo punches. Andrade missed with the bolo punches, and he looked pathetic doing the Ali shuffle, because he was throwing so few punches in the fight.
The card was a poor one tonight. The main event and the co-feature bouts were both mismatches. Joseph Parker had an old out out shape 39-year-old Alex Leapai in front of him in the co-feature. It wasn’t even slightly entertaining. The main event between Andrade and Sulecki wasn’t as bad, but it was still poor.
Joseph Parker stops Alex Leapai
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs) stopped 39-year-old journeyman Alex Leapai (32-8-4, 26 KOs) in the 10th round in the co-feature bout on DAZN.
Referee Ricky Gonzalez stepped in and stopped the fight in the 10th round to protect Leapai, because he was taking one-way punishment by Parker. The time of the stoppage was at 2:18 of round 10.
Parker hit the heavyset 39-year-old Leapai at will with punches from the opening bell. It looked like the fight would end in the first round, given that Parker was teeing off on the painfully slow Leapai. Somehow, Leapai survived until the 10th. It the was terrible fight to watch, because it wasn’t competitive.
Parker’s new promoters at Mathchroom Boxing USA need to do a better job of finding opponents for him to fight in the future. He was originally scheduled to fight former two time world title challenger Eric Molina, but he pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Matchroom brought Leapai in to replace Molina. In hindsight, it would have been better if Parker was pulled from the card.
Kal Yafai defeats Norbelto Jimenez – RESULTS
WBA super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs) defeated #1 WBA challenger Norbelto Jimenez (29-9-4, 16 kOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision. Yafai was loudly booed by the crowd after the scores were announced. They didn’t like the wide scores, and all the fouling that Yafai. It was a low blow clinic by Yafai.
The referee seemed more focused on Jimenez’s holding, and took a point away from him in the fourth round. The referee let Yafai’s low blows go without docking him points.
The scores were 119-107, 118-108 and 117-109. Boxing News 24 scored it for Yafai by the score 117-109. Yafai won, but he got away with a lot of low blows, rabbit punches, and pulling Jimenez. You can argue that Yafai should have lost at least one point in the fight.
The referee had a bad night, blowing a call in the 12th round in giving Yafai credit for a knockdown after he cuffed Jimenez, and threw him to the canvas. The referee scored it as a knockdown. Several rounds earlier, Jimenez was knocked down by consecutive low blows. The referee appeared to hurry Jimenez to continue fighting. He was supposed to have five minutes to recover.
“I want to fight Estrada, Rungvisai, Chocolatito and Naoya,” said Yafai after the fight.
Of those names, Juan Francisco Estrada is likely the one that Yafai will fight, because he’s too with the same promoters at Matchroom Boxing USA. Rungvisai would have too much of a chance of beating Yafai, and Matchroom wants to make sure they put together the Estrada-Yafai fight. There would be more interest from U.S boxing fans in a fight between Estrada and Yafai than Rungvisai and Yafai. Roman Gonzalez has a knee problem, so he’s not likely going to be facing him.
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