An­drade goes the long route to claim the WBO ti­tle

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Demetrius An­drade wins the va­cant WBO mid­dleweight ti­tle

IN the ab­sence of Billy Joe Saun­ders, Demetrius

An­drade claimed the va­cant WBO mid­dleweight ti­tle to be­came a two-weight world cham­pion, but the per­for­mance was very much a mi­cro­cosm of his stop-start ca­reer.

There were spells where he looked like magic. Ev­ery inch an elite mid­dleweight, with dazzling skills and enough power to send late re­place­ment Wal­ter Kau­ton­dokwa to the can­vas four times in as many rounds. But in­ter­spersed among the glimpses of ex­cel­lence were lengthy spells of noth­ing­ness. Ditto his 10-year, 26-fight ca­reer.

The rea­son for his in­abil­ity to put away the Namib­ian af­ter such a sear­ing start to the fight ap­peared to be a shoul­der in­jury which “Boo Boo” car­ried into the bout and then ex­ac­er­bated dur­ing com­bat. As such, there was no stop­page win for the un­de­feated south­paw from down the road in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land, who banked a lop­sided de­ci­sion in­stead. Judges Glenn Feld­man and Mar­cus Mcdon­nell had him a 120-104 win­ner, while Ra­mon Cer­dan scored it 119-105.

This was not the op­po­nent any­one had wanted for An­drade, but when Saun­ders tested pos­i­tive for the banned sub­stance ox­ilofrine in a test car­ried out by the Vol­un­tary Anti-doping Agency, the Bos­ton State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion re­fused to li­cense the cham­pion to box. As a re­sult, Saun­ders re­lin­quished his ti­tle, leav­ing An­drade to face un­de­feated but lit­tle-known puncher Kau­ton­dokwa for the va­cant belt.

The to­tal change of style, how­ever, did not ap­pear to af­fect An­drade in the slight­est, as he set about the African from the off. His re­ward was a quar­tet of early knock­downs, but the su­per tough vis­i­tor kept get­ting up just be­fore ref­eree Steve Wil­lis could fin­ish his count.

The harum-scarum start even­tu­ally made way for a com­par­a­tively dull spec­ta­cle, and there were points in the later ses­sions when there was near-to­tal si­lence in­side the TD Gar­den, which played host to more than 6,000 fans on the night.

In fair­ness, the 12 rounds might have done An­drade good con­sid­er­ing it was nearly a year to the day since his last out­ing, and this con­test takes his to­tal to


just three fights in the last 28 months.

In­deed, when asked whether he was dis­ap­pointed not to get the stop­page, An­drade said: “Def­i­nitely not. He’s a tough guy. I did what I had to do. It was great to get 12 rounds in.”

Ear­lier on this Matchroom/mur­phys Box­ing pro­mo­tion, Philadel­phian Tevin

Farmer lived up to his billing as a sig­nif­i­cant pre-fight favourite against Belfast’s James Ten­nyson in the first de­fence of his IBF su­per-feath­er­weight crown.

South­paw Farmer dropped his challenger with a left hook to the body in the fourth and it was the same shot which ended the fight in the very next round as ref­eree Arthur Mer­cante Jnr dis­posed of his count af­ter 1-44.

Ir­ish star Katie Tay­lor de­fended her WBA and IBF fe­male lightweight ti­tles in style as she cruised through what had been touted be­fore­hand as the tough­est match of her ca­reer to date against for­mer WBO feath­er­weight cham­pion

Cindy Ser­rano.

Judges Stephen Clark, John Mad­fis and Allen Nace all re­turned score­cards of 100-90 af­ter 10-twos – of­fi­ci­ated by Leo Ger­s­tel – which Tay­lor dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish. The Bray fighter later ad­mit­ted she found it so easy that she got bored, which might ex­plain why she de­cided to drop her hands in the sev­enth round and of­fer Brook­lyn-based Puerto Ri­can Ser­rano a free shot. Sh­effield’s Kid

Gala­had moved a step closer to a world ti­tle fight thanks to a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory over Freddie Roach-trained Prov­i­dence port­sider

Toka Kahn Clary in a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the IBF feath­er­weight strap. Mr Clark scored it 115113, but Gary Litch­field and Mr Mad­fis were closer to the mark with their 118-110 cards. Gene Del Bianco was the ref. Roach’s other fighter on the card,

Scott Quigg, got back to win­ning ways in his first fight since los­ing to Os­car Valdez in March. In what was his de­but at su­per­feath­er­weight, the Bury man ended the re­sis­tance of Mex­ico’s Mario Bri­ones in just 4 min­utes and 12 sec­onds, as ref­eree Del Bianco stepped in. It had been set for eight.

Hull’s Tommy Coyle boxed bril­liantly to mark his dream Amer­i­can de­but with a vic­tory over Ryan Kiel­czweski of Quincy, Mas­sachusetts. Mr Clark (98-91), Mr Litch­field (96-93) and Mr Nace (99-90) all made Coyle the win­ner in an en­ter­tain­ing fight ref­er­eed by Mr Ger­s­tel. Kiel­czweski was down in the sev­enth. Lo­cal south­paw

Mark Deluca edged his re­match with Wal­ter

Wright just four months af­ter drop­ping a split de­ci­sion to the Seat­tle man. Mr Clark scored it 97-93, while both Mr Litch­field and Mr Nace re­turned iden­ti­cal 96-94 tal­lies. Mr Mer­cante Jnr took charge. Lit­tle Egg Har­bor, New Jersey’s

Bren­dan Bar­rett suf­fered a knock­down in round five en route to a unan­i­mous points loss to Gorey, Ireland’s Niall

Kennedy. Scores were 58-55 (Mr Nace) and 60-53 twice (Mr Clark and Mr Litch­field). Mr Ger­s­tel of­fi­ci­ated.

Belfast’s Sean Mc­comb stopped Peru­vian Car­los Galindo in the third round of their sched­uled four. Mr Del Bianco ref­er­eed. Brook­lyn-based Kazakh south­paw

Dani­yar Yeleussi­nov dis­patched Salem’s Matt Do­herty in­side a round (set for six) Ref­eree Mer­cante Jnr stepped in to pre­vent any fur­ther pun­ish­ment at 2-33.

Re­vere’s Travis Gam­bardella and South Bos­ton’s Joe Fa­rina met in a Mas­sachusetts derby which went the for­mer’s way thanks to 39-37 cards from both Mr Litch­field and Mr Nace. Mr Clark had it 38-38. Mr Ger­s­tel was the third man.

THE VER­DICT An­drade takes his seat at the mid­dleweight top ta­ble, but far tougher tests lie in wait for him.


CON­TROL: But An­drade [right] has to go the dis­tance to win his world ti­tle

CRUIS­ING: Tay­lor pun­ishes Ser­rano [left], while Gala­had wins an IBF ti­tle elim­i­na­tor against Clary [right]

OVER­COME: Farmer [right] ham­mers Ten­nyson to de­feat

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