By Chris Glover
Madison Square Garden’s hosted Matchroom Boxing as Eddie Hearn’s outlet gave us a World title tripleheader at the Mecca of Boxing.
Rhode Island’s Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade put on an exquisite exhibition of pure boxing, as he dominated battle hardened Artur Akavov in the twelfth round of their WBO World Middleweight title clash.
From the opening bell, it was the Andrade show, as he controlled the distance with his jab, boxing out of the southpaw stance.
This was the theme throughout; Andrade controlled the range and upped the tempo and his punch output, displaying his lightning speed, whenever he felt it necessary to do so.
Akavov was game, but realistically had no answer for the cute timing and precision of Andrade’s jab, and was slowed down from body shots from the Champion.
Akavov was taking shot after shot, and the referee in charge brought a hold to proceedings in the dying stages of the twelfth round, essentially preventing the Russian Challenger from taking any more punishment.
Chief support saw Pablo Cesar Cano demolish 3 weight World Champion Jorge Linares in round one, sending the South American Superstar to the canvas three times before the referee jumped in to save Linares from a probable fourth knockdown.
Cano retained his WBC International Super Lightweight title; whilst Linares revealed post-fight that the move up in weight had taken an effect on his body, and put his future into question whilst scuppering a potential showdown with WBO World Super Lightweight King Maurice Hooker.
TJ Doheny produced a superb performance on his Matchroom debut, winning every minute of his IBF World Super Bantamweight title contest against the game Ryohei Takahashi.
Takahashi came to make an impression, but Doheny’s slick style proved too much for the Japanese Challenger, who struggled to avoid the perfectly timed pop shots and counters from Ireland’s Doheny.
After a one-sided affair, which saw Doheny show off both his offensive and defensive skills which included a third-round knockdown, the referee in charge called a halt to the contest in round 11, with Takahashi, at this point, taking unnecessary punishment from an excellent Champion in Doheny, who will now look to square off in a unification contest against WBA Champion Daniel Roman.
Chris Algieri picked up the WBO International Super Lightweight strap in a hard-fought win against stablemate Daniel Gonzalez. In a fight that had two judges scoring the contest widely for Algieri, it was Gonzalez who finished the fight strong, however, the cleaner work by Algieri especially in the opening half of the fight was enough for him to secure the unanimous decision victory and put himself in line to fight WBO World Champion Maurice Hooker.
Amanda Serrano became a 7 weight World Champion as she demolished Eva Voraberger inside 40 seconds of the opening round to pick up the WBO Super Flyweight World title.
The Brooklyn based Serrano came out the blocks firing, eventually sending Voraberger to the canvas with a perfectly placed left hook to the body, which the Austrian Challenger didn’t recover from.
Post-fight, it was revealed that Serrano would look to square off against Katie Taylor in the future.
The undercard also saw wins for Atlas Cops and Kids trained Julian Sosa and Reshat Mati, with both fighters winning in devastating fashion. There were also wins for Nkosi Solomon and Cornell Hines.