Jason Gonzalez was ringside
WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade of Rhode Island accomplished a rare feat in the sport of boxing.
Andrade, 26-0, (16) both won and loss Friday night at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Andrade stopped Arthur Akavov in the 12th round with :24 seconds remaining in the contest.
There is though, a silver lining. When referee Arthur Mercante Jr. called a halt to the bout, most of those in attendance disagreed with the call. However, on the flipside, the pessimist in those at press row had wished that the fight had been stopped sooner. The fight was that boring.
Andrade feels that he should be mentioned alongside the other marquee names in the 160-pound division, such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, and Danny Jacobs. But for that to happen, Andrade would have to secure a date with one of the three in the ring.
“We could go down the list,” said the 30-year-old Andrade. “A fight with Canelo isn’t going to happen anytime soon, ‘GGG’ [Golovkin] isn’t going to fight me, and my brother Danny [Jacobs] will be fighting Canelo in May. So, we went with the next best option which is fighting some of their previous opponents in hopes of looking better against them. In the case of Akavov, we fought a former Billy Joe Saunders opponent and dominated him more convincingly.”
As a result, Andrade failed to generate the type of buzz to warrant seeing him in the ring against a notable opponent anytime soon. Andrade is going to have to continue to build his brand, simply because he isn’t exciting to watch. His subsequent fight should be against Saunders.
Their match up last October was scratched due to Saunders testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
In a shocking upset, Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano stopped Jorge Linares of Venezuela in the first round at the 2:48 mark of their encounter. Cano, 32-7-1, (22) dropped Linares three times en route to a first round TKO. Linares, fighting for the first time at 140 pounds, couldn’t absorb the punches at the higher weight. Linares’s record falls to 45-5, (28). All of his losses have come by knockout.
IBF junior featherweight champion TJ Doheny made the first successful defense of his strap by stopping his Japanese counterpart Ryohei Takahashi, 16-4-1, (6) in the 11th round. Doheny, 21-0, (15) was vocal about who he wanted to fight next. WBA champion Danny Roman was in the house.
“That’s the fight I want next, that’s what we are all in it for. Danny Roman is a great fighter, he’s got the WBA. I’ve got the IBF. Let’s get it on,” he said. "Eddie [Hearn], you heard it. You got the order from the fighters, let’s make it happen.”
Former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of Huntington, Long Island walked away with a controversial unanimous decision victory over Danny Gonzalez of Queens. The scorecards read 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 for Algieri, who struggled mightily.
Algieri, 23-3, (8) was fighting for the second time in nearly two months. Throughout the contest, Algieri looked gassed and he failed to press the action against the significantly smaller Gonzalez, who with the loss dropped to 17-2, (7). Gonzalez, a native of Woodhaven, had nothing on his punches.
Lastly, Amanda Serrano of Brooklyn made quick and easy work of Eva Voraberger. Serrano, 36-1, (27) landed a perfectly placed left hook to the body of Veraberger that dropped her to the canvas for the count of 10, just :35 into the scrap.
Serrano has now won seven titles in seven different weight classes.