Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov

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Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov
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Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019
Location: 
Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Middleweight World Title (Andrade's 1st defence)
Referee: 
Arthur Mercante Jr

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WBO middleweight, Demetrius Andrade, makes the first defence of his title, which he won 3 months earlier in a one sided fight against unbeaten, but unknown Walter Kautondokwa, a fight that was supposed to be against then WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, who later lost his belt because he failed a drug test.

Andrade takes on Artur Akavov, Akavov, best known for going to the UK to challenge Saunders for this same belt, and giving Saunders a very tough fight, winning 4-5 rounds, inflicting punishment Saunders.

The fight is very negative, Akavov puts up a less spirited performance than he did against Saunders, as a frustrated Andrade tries to hurt him. Andrade wins most rounds, it is one sided, but Andrade never has Akavov in real trouble. In round 12, with 24 seconds left in the fight, the referee stops the fight, very controversially, as a furious Akavov hadn't been dropped, hadn't even seemed to have been hurt at any point.

Andrade defends his title for the first time, a non-controversial win, a very controversial stoppage.

At the time of the stoppage, the judges had Andrade winning, 108-101, 109-100, 109-100.




Fan Cards: Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
108
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
101


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
109
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
100


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
108
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
101


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
109
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
100


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
109
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
100


scorecard by NAGABILLY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
108
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
102


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
108
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
101


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
108
ARTUR AKAVOV
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
101


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Didn't expect to see Andrade back so soon, but 3 months is probably enough coming off that one sided, easy win, took a couple of shots early, but was not really hurt. Andrade got arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm, poor, and when you read news like that, you might think the fighter who's in trouble will lose his title, be inactive, let his personal issues take over, but obviously, that isn't the case with Andrade. Andrade has been inactive at times in his career, so it is good that he is staying active now, fighting often.

Andrade won the title in October, became a two-weight world champion, but it was not the same victory, same career highlight for him as it would have been if he'd beaten drug cheat, former WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, and Andrade still hasn't been in a career defining fight, he has a belt, which means there is always a reason to fight him, and hopefully, within the next year, he can be in a meaningful fight.

Akavov is best known for the Saunders fight, Saunders was criticised for fighting him, I thought Saunders would stop him in the mid rounds, in an easy fight, but Akavov had other ideas. Saunders might have been far from his best, might have had an off night, but credit to Akavov, he gave Saunders all he could handle, finished very strongly, punished Saunders, out fought him, lost, but not wide.

Akavov is 19-2, he's fairly experienced, he had a fair few amateur fights, finished the amateurs with a record of 97-21, he was never in the Olympics, but he was in one world tournament, in 2007, he competed in the AIBA world championships in Chicago. As a professional, Akavov has had the one world title fight, the Saunders fight, he is a former European champion, he is a good European level fighter, but outside of the Saunders fight, he hasn't done anything at world level, this is a great opportunity for him.

We don't know how much of Saunders vs Akavov was about Akavov being underrated, and how much of it was about Saunders having an off night, we might get the answer in this fight.

Akavov has 2 losses, The Saunders loss, and he did lose an 8 round UD in 2012, he has fought 3 times since the Saunders fight, won all 3 fights, but 2 of them have been narrow wins, against Gonzalo Gaston Coria (12-1), and Josue Obando (14-13-1), a win is a win, fighters are at the best when they are motivated, have a great opportunity, but if Akavov jas a chance against Andrade, will really compete, you would expect him not to let Obando and Coria make it close. Akavov is 33, he hasn't taken too much damage in his career, he may or may not be at his best depending on his dedication over the last couple of years.

I think Andrade will stop Akavov, I think Akavov will try his best to make it competitive, but Andrade will win every round. In the early rounds, I think Akavov will be getting technically beaten, out worked, but as the rounds go on, all the clean shots to the head and body, every round, will have sapped a lot out of him, if he tries to go for broke, he will only open himself up more.

Akavov has medium power I would say, he has 38% KOs, he isn't a puncher, but based on the Saunders fight, you can't call him a non-puncher, but he isn't a puncher, and if he lands clean, and doesn't hurt Andrade, that might be when he mentally struggles, loses confidence in his own capability to win. I think in rounds 8, 9, Akavov will be a punching back, Andrade will be more aggressive, having broken Akavov down, he will go for the stoppage, hurt Akavov, and maybe in round 10, he'll inflict a sustained beating, maybe get a couple of knockdowns, and he'll stop Akavov.

I think Andrade is fully adapted to 160 now, he's naturally big enough, he's been 12 rounds twice at 160 now, with the Fox and Kautondokwa fights. I think Andrade is top 3 at 160, along with Alvarez and Jacobs.

Andrade and Charlo top 3 at Middleweight over Jacobs and GGG ? How do you come to that conclusion ?

Champion97's picture

Charlo is not top 3, can't say that after his last fight. I rate Andrade very high, I think he has been avoided and just needs that big fight to prove himself. I think Jacobs and GGG are both declining, especially GGG, not saying there are not still world level, not shot fighters, but I think Andrade would beat GGG and Jacobs now, 55/45, it is tough to say, that's just my opinion, can see how you would give the benefit of the doubt to the more established fighters.

Gold's picture

This is not a good fight at all, I cannot see the appeal for this fight from a viewer or network perspective. As a stay busy fight having a quick turnaround this is not terrible, but when you consider Andrade is a two-weight champion, his best win is Vanes Martirosyan, he ducked Lara, and he has never faced a former, current, or future world champion it is hard to take him seriously as a real challenger to Canelo and Golovkin at the top of Middleweight. Akavov is really not good at a world level, he was notable amateur fighting in the 2007 AIBA World Championships but has zero relevant pro wins. His best performance was being brought in as an easy opponent for Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders turned in a career-worst performance, looked terrible, and gave up rounds to Akavov that he wouldn't have lost if he were in his best shape. This will be a showcase for Andrade if he actually pushes the action and doesn't succumb to being inactive and complacent like he was versus a total non-factor in Kautondokwa. He is far more skilled and more experienced than Akavov. Akavov isn't a bad puncher, but he likely isn't good enough of a puncher to test Andrade's questionable chin. Andrade isn't a huge puncher but he is a good one, and given the skill advantage, I expect Andrade to stop Akavov by late rounds. He'll likely call out Canelo and Golovkin, but it is unlikely he will fight either of them or any relevant contender in 2019.

Champion97's picture

I don't like that stoppage, terrible timing, it was a one sided fight, Akavov won maybe 2 rounds, but he wasn't getting beaten up, wasn't in trouble at the time of the stoppage, Mercante had reminded Akavov that it was late in the fight, but if you are going to stop it because a fighter is negative, which in a world title fight is wrong, why do it so late?, terrible refereeing.

Andrade boxed well, but Akavov didn't want to engage, Andrade is good, we will see how good he is when he steps up, hopefully that will be this year.