Andrade will ght late substitute while Tennyson gets massive chance to shine
We look forward to action in Boston, Brentwood and more
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
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