DEMETRIUS ANDRADE defended his WBO middleweight title on Friday (January 18) at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York.
Andrade halted Russia’s Artur Akavov at 2-36 of the 12th and final round. “We’re looking to get in with the best,” Andrade said. “Akavov he moved, he did what he did. He used the ring real well. I wasn’t going to try to force anything. The jab was working beautiful all night.”
He called out the fearsome Gennady Golovkin. “You put GGG in front of me, I’m going to destroy him,” he declared.
Former world champion Jorge Linares, who has moved up to 140lbs, suffered a shocking defeat. Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano put Linares down three times in the first round and halted him at just 2-48.
Ireland’s IBF super-bantamweight champion TJ Doheny beat Ryohei Takahashi, stopping his challenger at 2-18 of the 11th round.
Chris Algieri was also victorious outscoring Daniel Gonzalez, while Amanda Serrano knocked out Eva Voraberger in just 35 seconds to win the WBO super-flyweight world title.