By Bill Phanco: Unbeaten junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KO’s) kept his perfect record intact with a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision win over Freddy Hernandez (30-4, 20 KO’s) on Friday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York. Hernandez was down in the 6th, and hurt on number of occasions by big shots from Andrade. The judges’ scores were 100-89, 100-89 and 100-89.
It was a fine performance from Andrade, #3 IBF, #3 WBO, #8 WBC, #13 WBA,. He showed good power at times and nice hand speed. He didn’t have much to worry about in this fight because Hernandez was way out of his league and he didn’t have a lot of power.
Andrade knocked Hernandez to the canvas in the 6th round with a right hand to the head, and he also had Hernandez hurt in the 9th after nailing him with a right uppercut. Hernandez showed a good chin to make it the full 12 considering it looked like the fight was on the verge of being stopped in the 9th when Andrade was unloading on Hernandez with everything but the kitchens sink.
This was the first fight for Andrade with new trainer Virgil Hunter and they seemed to work well together. Hunter wanted Andrade to throw more pot shots to try and hurt Hernandez, and Andrade followed his instructions well.
Andrade may move up in weight to middleweight. He’s having problems making the 154 pound division and it’s possible that we could see him fighting at 160 in the near future.
Andrade has some potential but for him to get anywhere he’s going to have to stop slapping with his punches and find more power. He looks and fights a lot like Paul Williams, but you can see his limitations fight off the bat with his lack on an inside game and slapping punches. Andrade is going to have to move up to 160 in the near future, and he just doesn’t match-up well with the more solid fighters at that weight like Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and Gennady Golovkin.