Demetrius Andrade has vowed to dominate the Middleweight division in 2019–starting with the first defense of his WBO World title against Artur Akavov on Friday January 18 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Andrade (26-0 16KOs) puts his WBO 160 pound crown on the line for the first time against the Russian in New York, and the two-weight World ruler is eager to kick off 2019 with a bang having returned to the ring in style in 2018.
Stay with Round By Round Boxing‘s ringside reporter, Hans Themistode, for up-to-the-minute results on the entire Demetirus Andrade vs. Artur Akavov fight card.
Demetrius Andrade vs. Artur Akavov
WBO Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) had his repertoire on full display tonight as he easily outboxed Artur Akavov (16-3, 8 KOs) for the vast majority of the contest. In the 12th round Andrade was continuing to punish his opponent until the referee was forced to step in to stop the contest.
Andrade looked very impressive tonight against an opponent that was clearly over matched. The fans will be looking for Andrade to step into the ring with even better competition. Seeing that he is signed with DAZN he should be able to attract those big marquee fights
TJ Doheny vs. Ryohei Takahashi
IBF Super Bantamweight champ TJ Doheny (21-0, 15 KOs) dropped and ultimately stopped Ryohei Takahashi (16-4-1, 6 KOs) in the 11th round of their contest tonight. Round three Doheny dropped his man and spent the duration of the contest out boxing him. Takahashi did well in staying in the fight for as long as he did but just couldn’t stand up to the pressure any longer.
WBA champion Danny Roman stepped into the ring to talk to Doheny about a possible unification between the two sometime down the line. Both men have been sensational in their careers so far. A matchup between the two seems inevitable. Hopefully we can see it this year.
Amanda Serrano vs. Eva Voraberger
Female boxing history was made tonight as Amanda Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KOs) captured the WBO Jr Bantamweight title.
For Serrano this title represents her seventh weight class title. Serrano put her opponent down with a shot to the midsection in the opening frame. Her opponent Eva Voraberger (24-6, 11KOs) crumpled to the canvas and could not continue.
Jorge Linares vs. Pablo Cesar Cano
In an absolutely huge upset Pablo Cesar Cano (32-7-1, 22 KOs) not only defeated Jorge Linares (45-5,28 KOs) but he completely dominated him tonight. In the first round Cano came out swinging big bombs. Those bombs connected with Linares over and over again which lead to three surprising knockdowns.
The crowd was stunned with what was transpiring as Cano just kept throwing big shots. Cano connected once again during the final seconds of the first round which lead to the referee stepping in to call an end to the contest. This is officially the biggest upset of the early year so far.
Chris Algieri vs. Daniel Gonzalez
Chris Algieri (23-3, 8KOs) scored the unanimous decision victory tonight over the very tough Danny Gonzalez (17-2, 7 KOs). The scorecards read 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 all in favor for the champion Algieri. The bout was much tougher than expected as Gonzalez kept coming all night long while landing big shots.
To Algieri’s credit those shots seemed to have little to effect on him as he was able to land the much cleaner blows en route to a victory tonight. The former champion has his eyes set on a potential championship bout sometime this calendar year. If he continues to win he may just get his wish.
Julian Sosa vs. Dieumerci Nazu
Brooklyns own Julian Sosa (13-0-1, 5 KOs) looked impressive tonight in knocking out Dieumerci Nazu (11-7, 8 KOs). The stoppage came just before the start of the fifth round.
Sosa floored his man in the second round and had him visibly hurt. From there he continued to pound on his opponent for every round.
Nazus corner finally stopped the contest when it was clear that he had taken enough punishment.
Cornell Hines vs. Farhad Fatulla
Cornell Hines defeated Farhad Fatulla by majority decision to improve to 4-0. Scores were 39-37 twice and 38-38.
Nkosi Solomon vs. Rodriguez Cade
Nkosi Solomon defeated Rodriguez Cade by unanimous decision. Scores were 40-35 across the board.
Reshat Mati vs. Benjamin Borteye
Welterweight prospect and fan favorite Reshat Mati (3-0, 2 KOs) absolutely dominated tonight as he knocked out Benjamin Borteye (4-4, KOs) in the very first round. Mati jumped on him right from the opening bell knocking him down within the first minute of the action.
When Borteye got to his feet Mati jumped all over him forcing the referee to put an end to the contest. It’s early in his career but Mati is someone to keep an eye on.
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