COMMENTARY| Current WBO Light Middleweight champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade successfully defended his title this past Saturday (June 14, 2014) with a TKO victory against English fighter Brian Rose. Andrade, 26, maintains his undefeated record (21-0), and improved his victories by knockout to 14 KO’s. The fight was televised on ‘HBO’s Boxing After Dark’ as the co-main event to Chris Algieri vs. Ruslan Provodnikov. The bout took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Andrade was heavily favored in the lead up to the fight, and he didn’t disappoint from the standpoint of what he was expected to do. The Providence, Rhode Island native, Andrade, came out of the gate early hitting Rose with a left hand that dropped the 29 year old in the fight’s opening round. Rose’s will to fight wasn’t to be question, as he got up from the knockdown to continue fighting. Although Rose’s will was solid as a rock, things wouldn’t get any better for him as the fight went on.
Andrade continued to press the attack in the early rounds of the fight, and was able to knock Rose down for the second time in the third round. Rose got up and continued, but continued to display very little head movement. Rose began to go into a shell defensive stance, but most of Andrade’s punches were able to get through Rose’s guard. Eventually, a cut was formed on Rose’s nose. From the fourth round on, it appeared that Rose was just in the ring to survive Andrade’s onslaught without being stopped.
The fight came to a screeching halt for Rose in the seventh round. Andrade became even more aggressive with his combinations, and began to really do damage to a seemingly helpless Rose. With 1 minute and 19 seconds left in the round, referee Michael Griffin clearly had seen enough and decided to stop the bout. The stoppage of Brian Rose marked Andrade’s first TKO victory since September of 2012.
I personally thought that Andrade looked very good in this fight. Not taking anything away from either fighter, but Rose seemed to be tailor made for Andrade, and was clearly not in the same league as Andrade skill wise. The most important thing for Andrade is he did get the convincing victory that he needed following his controversial split decision victory over Vanes Martirosyan in late 2013.
Andrade is known for being somewhat braggadocios, but he has at times been criticized for not facing elite competition as of yet. I believe that Andrade has earned the right to fight names like James Kirkland, Austin Trout, and even Saul Alvarez. Following his destruction of Rose, Andrade is likely hoping to get a crack at any of those names, and possibly even a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr.