An­drade will ght late sub­sti­tute while Ten­nyson gets mas­sive chance to shine

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DEMETRIUS AN­DRADE gets the WBO mid­dleweight ti­tle fight even if Billy Joe Saun­ders is no longer the cham­pion, or his op­po­nent. After fail­ing a drug test and an ap­peal to se­cure a Mas­sachusetts li­cence, the En­glish­man re­lin­quished his belt. En­ter Namib­ian, Wal­ter Kau­ton­dokwa to take on An­drade for the va­cant belt.

At least we still have a fight. It lacks the ap­peal of Saun­ders-an­drade but at least An­drade-kau­ton­dokwa is also a bat­tle of un­de­feated mid­dleweights and, for that rea­son, still car­ries in­trigue.

Kau­ton­dokwa, known as “The Ex­e­cu­tioner” is a 33-year-old with 16 knock­out wins on his 17-0 record – which clearly in­di­cates he can punch – but has fought only once out­side his home­land (and that was in Ac­cra, Ghana). More­over, there are few recog­nis­able names on his record and the au­then­tic­ity of the WBO Africa ti­tle he has held since 2016 can be sum­marised by the fact he suc­cess­fully de­fended it against Billi Facundo Godoy (w rsf 5), an Ar­gen­tinean, in his last fight.

It might be in­con­se­quen­tial any­way. An­drade, after all, rep­re­sents a mon­u­men­tal leap in class for the Namib­ian and, de­spite the switch of op­po­nents, will no doubt be hell-bent on val­i­dat­ing the hype sent his way by Match­room Box­ing USA and DAZN.

Dubbed the avoided mid­dleweight con­tender, An­drade, 25-0 (16), hasn’t man­aged a stop­page win since 2016, but should be skil­ful and ac­cu­rate enough to get one here.

Also on the Bos­ton bill, Philadel­phia’s Tevin Farmer, 26-4-1 (5), makes the first de­fence of his IBF su­per-feath­er­weight ti­tle against heavy-handed Belfast man James Ten­nyson, 22-2 (18).

It’s a heck of a chance for the 25-yearold chal­lenger and an almighty step up from Martin Joseph Ward, who Ten­nyson stopped in five rounds in May.

Ten­nyson hasn’t lost since Ryan Walsh halted him in five back in 2016 but there were enough clues there to sug­gest the slick south­paw will keep his ti­tle.

Ex­pect Ten­nyson to go for broke and, in turn, Farmer, not a big puncher, to re­tain via 12-points de­ci­sion.

Katie Tay­lor, the dar­ling of Ir­ish box­ing, puts her WBA and IBF world light­weight straps on the line against

Cindy Ser­rano.

Mean­while, Sh­effield’s Kid Gala­had,

24-0 (15), faces Rhode Is­land’s Toka Kahn Clary, 25-1 (17), in a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the IBF feath­er­weight ti­tle, all-ac­tion Tommy Coyle, 24-4 (12), meets Ryan Kiel­czweski, 29-3 (11), over 10 rounds, and there are out­ings for former WBA su­per-ban­tamweight cham­pion Scott Quigg, 34-2-2 (25), and former am­a­teur sen­sa­tion Dani­yar Yeleussi­nov, 3-0 (1).


WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE? An­drade shows off his fash­ion sense ahead of ti­tle chanceSUP­PORT­ING CAST: Ten­nyson [top, far right] chal­lenges Farmer while Tay­lor [right, on left] take on Ser­rano

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