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Demetrius Andrade Wins Big in “Fight to Educate”

By Stephen Tobey at ringside


MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saul Duran had more knockouts than Demetrius Andrade had professional fights but in the end, youth and speed defeated experience. The 2008 U.S. Olympian from Providence, R.I., picked up a stoppage victory over Duran, a former two-time world title challenger from Mexico, when Duran failed to answer the bell for the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight bout on the 10th annual “Fight to Educate” charity card on Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.


Andrade, who is ranked 14th by the World Boxing Council and 15th by the World Boxing Organization, improved to 15-0 (10). The 38-year-old Duran dropped to 38-19-2 (31). “I came out aggressive because he got me mad at the weigh-in,” said Andrade. “My plan was to use my jab. He seemed soft and didn’t look like he was in good shape.”
 
At the weigh-in on Tuesday, Duran weighed in two-and-a-half pounds over the contract limit of 157 and was seen eating a candy bar before Andrade’s team made him lose the necessary weight. In the second round, Andrade caught Duran off-balance with a straight left. Referee Dave Greenwood ruled it a knockdown. Andrade continued to pressure Duran, driving him back with three uppercuts. Just before the end of the third, Andrade landed a one-two. Duran turned his back, then dropped to a knee. He finished the round but Greenwood did not let him come out for the fourth.
 
“As easy as it looked, he was tough,” Andrade said. “He took some good shots.” Andrade said he would like to fight again this year.
 
Middleweight Jose Medina of Tilton, N.H. picked up a TKO victory when Anibal Acevedo of San Juan, P.R. failed to answer the bell for the third round of a scheduled six. Medina, who fought to a draw with former world champion Joachim Alcine in his last fight, improved to 15-9-1 (7); Acevedo dropped to 13-8-1 (11).
 
Junior welterweight Danny O’Connor of Framingham, Mass. stopped Jaime Del Cid of Mexico in the first round of a scheduled four. O’Connor, 15-1 (4), dropped Del Cid with an overhand left. After Del Cid got up, referee Dave Greenwood stopped the fight at 1:20. Del Cid dropped to 7-6 (3).
 
Featherweight Dan Powers of Claremont, N.H. outpointed Luis Rosario of Springfield, Mass. in a four-rounder. All three judges scored it 40-36. Powers is 4-0 (2); Rosario is 4-16 (2).
 
Welterweight Chris Gilbert of Windsor, Vt. stopped Noel Garcia of Springfield, Mass. in the first round of a scheduled four. Gilbert, 2-0 (2), dropped Garcia with a right uppercut. Garcia got up but was still shaky, prompting referee Victor Gabel to stop the fight at 1:33. Garcia dropped to 2-12-1 (1).


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