Demetrius Andrade and Willie Nelson fight Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino.
Former WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) will be making one of his increasingly rare appearances this Saturday night when he faces the hard hitting Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) in a 12 round fight on Showtime Championship Boxing after the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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Demetrius Andrade enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will Andrade’s second fight since 2015, and he’s coming October win over Dario Fabian Pucheta. Andrade is fighting for just the second time in two years despite being in the prime of his career. Andrade is an extremely athletic boxer who throws accurate and strong punches. Andrade has won five of his last seven fights by knockout and is solid defensively due to good head movement and impressive footwork. Andrade has proven he has the raw tools and a high ceiling to be something special. He just needs to be more active and continue to improve what has been a subpar resume overall. This will be Andrade’s third fight in New York.
Andrade has fought only three times in the last three years of his career.
Andrade’s best years are going by in the sport without him capitalizing on them by fighting and by fighting the best. Up until now, Andrade’s best opponent in his career is Vanes Martirosyan. Andrade should have already fought the Charlo brothers, Erislandy Lara, and Liam Smith at the very least.
Andrade, 28, says he wants to clean out the 154lb division by beating the top fighters like the Charlo brothers and Erislandy Lara, and then move up to 160 to challenge Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The unfortunate about that is by the time that Andrade does clean out the junior middleweight division, Golovkin will be long retired from the sport.
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Willie Nelson enters this fight with a 25-2-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Nelson has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Jonathan Batista. Nelson has been really active lately with this being his sixth fight since 2014, and he has another title shot if he can stay in this current form. Nelson is a freakish athlete who is able to use his range and length to his advantage. Nelson loves to work the inside and has decent punching power with three of his last four wins coming by knockout. Nelson also has proven chin with both of his losses being close and never losing by knockout. The concern with Nelson seems to be his boxing IQ, as he doesn’t always make the right adjustments and sometimes relies just on his athelism. This will be Nelson’s fourth fight in New York.
Nelson, 6’3”, has a real chance of winning this fight. Andrade is hittable, and we’ve already seen him hit the canvas when Martirosyan hit him hard. Nelson could score a knockout on Saturday night if he takes the fight to Andrade early on.
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