Librado Andrade showcased Warrior poetry vs. Lucian Bute

By David Math - Librado Andrade deserves a shout-out. In a Super-Middleweight Division that’s been dominated by Joe Calzaghe – with Mikkel Kessler just a few steps behind – Librado Andrade has been a forgotten gem in this division. What he lacks in natural ability he makes up for in relentless effort and unbridled optimism. With an absolute iron-will, an unbelievable chin, and unrivaled heart/class, Andrade trots into the ring with the beaming spirit of a warrior who loves the combat he engages so much – that he seemingly would consider it an honor to die in the ring..

Andrade got a lot of people's attention when he fought Mikkel Kessler - who absolutely dominated and outclassed Andrade from a pure skill/talent level standpoint - but was nonetheless unable to break Andrade's iron-will optimism. Even though Andrade was being rained on with monstrous Kessler combinations - never was he discouraged – and he fought with every ounce of his energy until the very last second.

The bout with Kessler his only loss. Aside from that fight – he’s dominated steady competition - including a recent knockout over Russian prospect Sergej Stieglitz – who many regarded as the better boxer.

Andrade's performance against Bute Friday night was something remarkable. Bute, clearly the purer boxer, was winning rounds in relative dominant fashion from a technical standpoint - but similar to the Cotto/Margarito classic - you got the feeling that Bute was being worn down by the Mexican predator - who despite getting hit with numerous flush combinations - wasn't halted at all in his stalking posturing, hunting for the knockout with wide-opened eyes wired and fixated on the opponent in front of him.

Prior to the 12th round - Andrade's corner told him he needed the knock out - and that he had to "knock on his fu*&* ass" -- and with 5 seconds to go in that round...that's exactly what Andrade did:

Andrade deserved to win this fight with his heroic performance - and it's an absolute black-eye on the sport that local boxing politics manipulated this bout and gave Bute the unwarranted victory.... everyone who saw that fight - even Bute’s fans - knows Andrade deserved the knockout victory - and referee Marlon B. Wright should be suspended indefinitely for his cowardice and lack of integrity/judgment at such a crucial moment.

Librado Andrade --- we see you…and we appreciate you.

Even in defeat - Andrade's enthusiasm wasn't broken as he responded to the post-fight interview with a smile after being questioned on the controversial robbery - saying "I know I won the fight. He was out" with a type of confident conviction telling you that he wasn't going to let a debauchery of a boxing blunder/political mishap taint his warrior poetry - his hard-earned victory - his glory.

Here's to a rematch with Bute --- this time on a neutral canvas.

Article posted on 25.10.2008

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