RINGSIDE REPORT: Andrade outclasses Akavov, Cano steals the show in devastating fashion, Doheny impr
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.
Andrade celebrating his win against Akavov
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.
Pablo Cesar Cano knocks down Jorge Linares in the first round
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.