Demetrius Andrade vs Walter Kautondokwa
Having been originally scheduled to fight former WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, Rhode Island's Demetrius Andrade fights for the vacant WBO middleweight world title, after Saunders was denied a licence to fight by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, and later vacated his title. Andrade takes on undefeated African, Walter Kautondokwa, who has won all but one of his 17 fights by stoppage.
Andrade vs Kautondokwa doesn't generate the same level of interest amongst the boxing public as Saunders vs Andrade would have done, but Andrade still gets an opportunity to become a world champion at 160, set up big fights for the future.
Andrade starts by scoring a controversial knockdown, as an off balance Kautondokwa falls, and Andrade fails to pull back his left hand in time, which results in him hitting Kautondokwa when he's down.
Andrade is patient, uses his feet, Kautondokwa is cagey, but as soon as he takes a chance in round 3, Andrade lands a hard left hand, dropping and hurting Kautondokwa, this time, it's a clean knockdown. Andrade is more aggressive in round 4, and seems happy to take chances, as he throws a risky left hand, and both fighters land simultaneously, both seem to score a knockdown, but Andrade, definitely doing the more damgae, scoring the official knockdown, and the much more heavy knockdown. Andrade comes very close to stopping Kautondokwa in round 4, scoring 2 knockdowns to make it 4 in as many rounds, has the African in big trouble, but Kautondokwa just about makes it through the round, but looks like he is on the edge of being stopped.
The last two thirds of the fight are much more negative than the first third, as Andrade seems to nick most of the rounds, but not dominate many, as he moves, point picks, and seems to do enough to build his lead, but not take it up a notch, doesn't put his foot on the gas as he did earlier, boxes well, does some good work, puts up a technically good display of boxing skills, but doesn't make a statement against an opponent who seems overmatched.
After 12 rounds, a one sided fight, Andrade, as expected, is announced the winner, by unanimous decision, winning by extremely wide margins of 14 and 16 points, and wins the WBO belt, becomes a two weight world champion, and more than makes his mark in the middleweight division by winning the title, but he doesn't make a statement, doesn't improve his reputation with the lacklustre performance.