Demetrius Andrade vs. Rudy Cisneros on May 5th; Hopkins-Dawson II on Saturday

BRONX, NY (April 26, 2012) - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an exciting pro boxing card featuring a legitimate star-in-the-making, undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade, on Saturday night, May 5 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Light middleweight contender Andrade (16-0, 11 KOs) faces The Contender, Season Two participant Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event, which will air live (10-11 PM / ET) as an ESPN Boxing: FNF Special Edition presented by Corona Extra.

After the live boxing concludes, fans in attendance will have the added enjoyment of watching a closed circuit showing of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto fight on Mohegan Sun Arena's jumbo screen.

"Demetrius Andrade has clearly graduated from prospect to contender," Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia said. "He's getting close to a world title shot. We're very happy to be back at one of the best venues in boxing, Mohegan Sun Arena, where Demetrius has become a genuine house favorite. Fans there can watch an entertaining live card, plus Mayweather-Cotto without leaving the comfort of their seats. I think ESPN showcasing Demetrius on a special Saturday night broadcast is a strong indication of how highly he's respected in the boxing world as a potential star."

The 24-year-old Andrade has been rising in world light middleweight ratings, recently moving to No. 6 in the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") and No. 7 in the International Boxing Federation ("IBF"), as well as No. 15 in the World Boxing Council ("WBC") and World Boxing Association ("WBA").

Fighting out of nearby Providence, Andrade was a 2007 World amateur champion who will be fighting at Mohegan Sun for the sixth time. The gifted Cape Verdean boxer is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions

Andrade has been favorably compared to a younger, heavier, left-handed Mayweather due to their similar boxing styles, featuring lightning-quick feet and hands, incredible defensive reflexes and strings of dominant victories. "Boo Boo" has stopped of 11 of 16 opponents, collectively winning 57 of 61 rounds fought on the judges' scorecards.

In his last fight February 10 at Mohegan Sun, Andrade absolutely smoked Angel Hernandez (30-10), stopping the former world title challenger in the second round, coming on the heels of solid back-to-back victories against former world title challenger Saul Duran (TKO3) and veteran Grady Brewer, winner of The Contender II television reality series.

The subject of a feature story in the current edition of The Ring Magazine, Andrade is a multi-gifted southpaw who is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions.

The May 5th supporting fights will include some of New England's most popular boxers. The eight-round co-feature marks the long-anticipated return of Hartford fan favorite Addy Irizarry (8-5, 2 KOs), who has been sideline since November 20, 2010, after suffering a fractured ankle during a first-round loss to former International Female Boxing Association ("IFBA") World welterweight champion Jill Emery. Irizarry faces Victoria Cisneros.

Undercard fighters include Hartford super featherweight Joseph "Chip" Perez (7-1, 2 KOs) vs. Juan Jaramillo (8-9-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout, as well as Hartford light heavyweight Tylon "Shadow Boi" Burris (1-0, 1 KO vs. pro debuting Robert Jackson, Springfield (MA) light heavyweight Reinaldo Graceski (1-0) vs. Borngood Washington, and Windsor (VT) light middleweight Chris Gilbert (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA in four-round matches.

Tickets are $75.00, $40.00 and $30.00 (plus $5.00 facility fee for all tickets) and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to; call Ticketmaster's national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, subject to availability, or by calling Star Boxing at 1.718.823.2000 and online via

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WBC News: Hopkins vs. Dawson


April 26, 2012 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:


WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship

Atlantic City, New Jersey – Boardwalk Hall

April 28, 2012

This will be the 1,778th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 49-year history.


BERNARD “The Executioner” HOPKINS (US)

WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion

Age, date of birth: 47 (January 15, 1965)

Residence: Hockessing, Delaware

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professional record: 52-5-2, 1 ND, 1 NC, 32 KOs

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 444

World title fights: 28 (22-3-2, 1 NC)

Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions


Ranked WBC No. 1 at light heavyweight

Former WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion

Age, date of birth: 29 (July 13, 1982)

Residence: New Haven, Connecticut

Birthplace: Hartsville, South Carolina

Professional record: 30-1, 1 ND, 1 NC, 17 KOs

Stance: Lefthanded

Total rounds: 159

World title fights: 9 (7-1, 1 ND)

Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions


1. Harold Johnson (US)

2. Willie Pastrano (US)

3. Jose Torres (P. Rico)

4. Dick Tiger (Nigeria)

5. Bob Foster (US)

6. John Conteh (GB)

7. Miguel Angel Cuello (Arg)

8. Mate Parlov (Yugoslavia)

9. Marvin Johnson (US)

10. Matthew Saad Muhammad (US)

11. Dwight Muhammad Qawi (US)

12. Michael Spinks (US)

13. J.B. Williamson (US)

14. Dennis Andries (GB)

15. Thomas Hearns (US)

16. Don LaLonde (Can)

17. Ray Leonard (US)

18. Dennis Andries (GB) *

19. Jeff Harding (Australia)

20. Dennis Andries (GB) *

21. Jeff Harding (Australia) *

22. Mike McCallum (Jamaica)

23. Fabrice Tiozzo (Fra)

24. Roy Jones Jr. (US)

25. Montell Griffin (US)

26. Graciano Rocchigiani (Germany) (Interim)

27. Roy Jones Jr. (US) *

28. Antonio Tarver (US)

29. Roy Jones Jr. (US) *

30. Antonio Tarver (US) *

31. Tomasz Adamek (Poland)

32. Chad Dawson (US)

33. Adrian Diaconu (Romania/Canada)

34. Jean Pascal (Haiti/Canada)

35. Chad Dawson (US) Interim *

36. Bernard Hopkins (US)

* Regained


1. Roy Jones Jr.

2. Jean Pascal

3. Michael Spinks

4. Bob Foster

5. Mike McCallum

6. Chad Dawson

7. Dick Tiger

8. Jose Torres

9. Willie Pastrano

10. Matthew Saad Muhammad


29 light heavyweight world champions have been recognized by the WBC, of whom only five have regained the title: Dennis Andries (GB) two times, Jeff Harding (Australia), Roy Jones Jr. (US) two times, Antonio Tarver (US), and Chad Dawson (US).

Bob Foster (US) holds the record for light heavyweight world title defenses with 14.

112 light heavyweight world title bouts have been held in the history of the WBC.

This will be the 71st light heavyweight world title fight to take place in the United States in WBC history.

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.

Article posted on 27.04.2012

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