DAZN results: Demetrius Andrade beats Walter Kautondokwa, wins vacant WBO middleweight title
Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade won the vacant WBO middleweight title with a unanimous decision (120-104 twice, 119-105) win over Walter Kautondokwa, on Saturday night in Boston, Massachusetts. The fight was the main event of a Matchroom Boxing USA card held at the TD Garden Arena and streamed live in the United States on DAZN.
Wide scorecards reflected the mismatch that took place and the four knockdowns scored by Andrade only furthered the notion. All of those knockdowns happened before the fifth round and were the result of an Andrade left hand.
Kautondokwa, 17-1 (16), a 33-year-old Namibian making his American debut and fighting on late notice, had a distinct height advantage over the American southpaw but couldn’t keep up with the hand speed of Andrade, who always started his spirited combos with a jab. Nearing the end of the first round, a left hand dropped Kautondokwa to his knees for a knockdown but not without a late left hand to the face in the same instance, which referee Steve Willis didn’t rule as a foul. Kautondokwa didn’t refrain from throwing shots afterward, however, and, throughout the second round, it Andrade was the mover, despite being in control of the fight. Andrade may’ve been wary of the heavy hands winged by the African but he would soon deliver a stifling knockdown at the end of the third.
Had Kautondokwa not gotten up form the left hand that buckled his knees and flattened him to the canvas, Andrade would’ve delivered a sensational knockout remembered for year’s end award standards. Kautondokwa did somehow stay on his wobbly legs for the remaining 30 seconds of round three and then proceeded to help deliver a curious moment to start the fourth. During an exchange, both men seemingly went down at the same time but Willis missed Andrade catch him self with his glove, while Kautondokwa was flat on his hip. It showed why Andrade moved so much against the slugger, throughout the rest of the fight eventually, but the 30-year-old did manage to put Kautondokwa back on the mat by round’s end for good measure.
From the fifth round on, Andrade maintained the right distance to keep himself far away from Kautondokwa’s right hands and deliver many more lefts to the body and head. Although there were no frills as the rounds passed on toward his eventual win, Andrade – who returned after one-year layoff – got the rounds necessary for a presumable reign that won’t be easy to maintain in a talent-rich division, regardless if that notion wasn’t reflected on this evening.
Andrade, 26-0 (16), the WBO’s No.1-rated middleweight contender, was supposed to face Billy Joe Saunders but the Brit tested positive for a banned substance in the weeks leading up – forcing him to vacate the WBO middleweight title – and gave Andrade great opportunity to make his mark in the 160-pound division. From Providence, Rhode Island, Andrade did what he had to do, despite not getting a sensational knockout against the nominal foe, but now has an important bargaining chip in a weight class with plenty of lucrative opportunities.
Topping off the undercard, Belfast’s Katie Taylor, 11-0 (5), retained her unified IBF/WBA lightweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision (100-90 on all three scorecards) win over Cindy Serrano, 27-6-3 (10).
Tevin Farmer defended his IBF junior lightweight title for the first time impressively by ruining James Tennyson with body shots and delivering a fifth round knockout win.
Farmer, 27-4-1 (6), was outclassing the fringe contender until the fourth round when a hook to the liver put Tennyson to the mat in pain. Somehow he got up and finished the remainder of the round but Farmer smartly went right back to the body and sent him to the canvas midway through the fifth. Fighting out of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tennyson, 22-3 (18), stretched his midsection, while on the mat, in obvious pain. Another big left to his gut had just preceded the one that put him there and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. disregarded his count to end the mismatch.
Farmer, 28, a slick southpaw from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, showcased himself well in the performance, despite of the fighter in front of him. His hand speed and combination punching was as accurate as he was dazzling, in many moments, wearing fluorescent ring gear that was just as flashy.
Kid Galahad, 25-0 (15), earned a unanimous decision (118-110, 115-113 twice) over Toka Khan Clary, 25-2 (17), to win an IBF featherweight eliminator.
In one of the best fights of the entire undercard, Tommy Coyle out-dueled Ryan Kielczweski to earn a unanimous decision (98-91, 99-90, 96-93) victory after 10 rounds of sustained action.
Coyle, 25-4 (12), a 29-year-old from Hull, England making his American debut, shined in a well-matched fight, in which his counterpart had inspiration coming from a crowd full of supporting visitors. Fighting out of Quincy, Massachusetts, Kielczweski, 29-4 (11), took big shots early on, as the two were forced to go toe-to-toe, thanks to the strict refereeing from Leo Gerstel, who wasn’t keen on any sort of clinching. Both welterweights needed those moments of rest after a grueling five rounds and while Coyle seemed to be leading with the better overall volume and accuracy, the Brit separated himself in the seventh round when a temple shot dropped Kielczweski to a knee. It was the only knockdown of the fight and the only time either man looked visibly hurt throughout the back-and-forth slugfest. Coyle went on to command the rest of the fight but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort from Kielczweski.
Scott Quigg helped maintained his featherweight contention by forcing a second round stoppage of Mario Briones. The fight was scheduled for eight.
Quigg, 35-2-2 (26), jumped on his Mexican opponent early, sparking a very good action fight between the two but getting the better of Briones with a right hand that couldn’t miss. Briones, 29-8-2 (21), was taking the shots well early on and landed a nice uppercut by the end of round one. However with plenty of body shots mixed into Quigg’s attack, he kept his hands down for an overhand right that stunned him into to the ropes just before a clean left hook. Referee Gene Del Bianco didn’t like how Briones reacted to that flush punch to the chin and stepped in to stop the action. Briones argued that he was OK, and very well may’ve been able to continue, but Quigg’s relentlessness put him in that situation.
Mark “The Bazooka” DeLuca got his revenge against Walter Wright – outboxing him to a clear unanimous decision (97-93, 96-94 twice) after 10 rounds – and clearing up his record’s only blemish.
DeLuca, 22-1 (13), a 30-year-old from nearby Quincy, Massachusetts, improved greatly after dropping a debatable split decision to Wright last June. Unlike that fight, DeLuca was patient and confident with his attack, using a left hand that constantly stopped Wright in his tracks. Wright, 17-5 (8), was stunned early enough to relinquish any sort of control in the fight but, even when trying to gain some steam by letting his hands go, DeLuca countered well and used footwork that helped his defense just as much as his consistent offense.
Kazakh welterweight prospect Daniyar Yeleussinov forced a first round stoppage of Matt Doherty to earn a technical knockout win. The contest was scheduled for six.
In the final minute of the first round, Yeleussinov, 4-0 (2), backed Doherty into the ropes with a body shot before letting go accurate combinations to the head. The southpaw had gone to the body plenty in the first two minutes of the fight, but Doherty, 8-6-1 (4), was being picked apart well enough to have him dangerously leave his hands low – asking for a brutal knockout. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. noticed and, with Doherty still on his feet, he stepped in just after the Salem, Massachusetts, part-timer took another right hand. Doherty argued he could’ve continued – wanting to tough it out for a home crowd – and while the stoppage may’ve been too quick, Yeleussinov wouldn’t have had a hard time giving him any further chance to prove his worth.
In the opening bout of the Matchroom Boxing USA card in Boston, Niall Kennedy, 12-0-1 (7), eked out a unanimous decision (60-53 twice, 58-55) win over Brendan Barrett, 7-1-2 (5), in a sloppy heavyweight match, in which the 34-year old Irishman won clearly – scoring a knockdown in the fifth round – but his opponent, a former mixed martial arts fighter, used grappling tactics to help make it a rhythmless affair.