Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov
CONTROVERSY RATING: N/A
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Friday, January 18, 2019
Titles at Stake:
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.