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Andrade Keeps Streak Alive for Charity

By Stephen Tobey at ringside

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Maybe it’s time for Demetrius Andrade to graduate from the “Fight to Educate.”
The 2008 Olympian from Providence, R.I. headlined the 11th annual charity card at the Verizon Wireless Arena for the third straight year. This year, Andrade stopped Alexis Hloros of Mt. Clemens, Mich. in the second round of a scheduled 10 at junior middleweight.

Andrade, 18-0 (13), dropped Hloros twice in the second round. The first knockdown came midway through the round on a straight left hand. Later in the round, Andrade dropped him with a right hook. Hloros got up but referee Dave Greenwood stopped the fight just as time expired in the round.
“I came out knowing he couldn’t take my jab or my left hand,” Andrade said. “I put some power and speed behind it. I showed it. It looked good and it sealed the deal.”
Andrade consistently landed the straight left hand, putting Hloros back on his heels in the first round. Early in the second, Andrade landed four straight left hands, snapping Hloros’ head back with each one. Hloros bought himself a little time when he landed a right hand of his own but that came immediately before Andrade scored the first knockdown.
“I was just feeling him out, seeing what I could do and establishing my jab,” Andrade said. “I wanted to see what he could do.” This was Hloros’ first fight since Oct. 6, 2011, when he stopped Shane Gierke in two rounds. On July 23, 2011, James Kirkland stopped Hloros in two. He dropped to 16-5-2 (12).
Andrade now hopes to fight former World Boxing Organization junior middleweight titleholder Sergiy Dzinziruk.
“I want to fight the best,” Andrade said. “He’s lost only once to the best, [World Middleweight Champion] Sergio Martinez. It would be a good name on my résumé.”
In his first scheduled six-rounder, welterweight Chris Gilbert of Windsor, Vt. stopped Antonio Chaves Fernandez of Quincy, Mass. in the fourth round. Gilbert, 5-0 (4), dropped Fernandez with a right uppercut near the end of the fourth. Fernandez got up but Greenwood stopped the fight at 2:50.
Gilbert knocked Fernandez down in the first round with a left hook. He stayed in front of Fernandez for most of the fight, hurting him consistently with left hooks. Fernandez, 1-8-1, started to land more shots in the third and fourth rounds but Gilbert kept pressuring him until he landed the punch that ended the fight.
In the amateur fights, Wayne Stearns of Searsport, Maine outpointed Angel Tricoche of Haverhill, Mass. at 90 pounds. Rory Stapleton of Lancaster, N.H. won a decision against Keenan Manzi of Keene, N.H. at light welterweight. Zack Morel of New Hampton, N.H. defeated Phil Kyser of Searsport, Maine at light welterweight. At light heavyweight, Joel Bishop of Searsport, Maine outpointed John Rosa of Lawrence, Mass.. Also at light heavyweight, Nico Clow of Claremont, N.H. decisioned Richie Ford, also of Claremont. At super welterweight, Tevin Aleau of Providence, R.I. outpointed Brandon Berry of Searsport, Maine.

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