Newly crowned WBA Junior Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade threw a staggering 953 punches according to Compubox, in his title win over Jack Culcay this past Saturday in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Andrade, who many regard as the most talented fighter in the 154 pound division, showed his versatility as divvied up his punch output nicely between jabs and power punches by throwing 519 power punches and 434 jabs.
The junior middleweight average is 684 punches per 12 rounds.
Andrade saved his best work for the home stretch when he threw 91 and 92 punches respectively in the Championship (11th and 12th) rounds. In round 11, he connected on a fight best 40 punches. Andrade outlanded Culcay in 11 of the 12 rounds.
Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island became a two-time champion with a split decision over Culcay be scores of 116-112 twice and 115-114 for Culcay.
“Demetrius showed what a true world champion is supposed to do. He traveled to Germany and took the title from the champion. Now we will look towards the future, and there are many desirable fights out there. There are the champions like Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd and the Charlo /Hatley winner. Of course the big names in the room are Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Those are fights that we would love to make and Demetrius wants them as well. Demetrius will defend his title with pride, and we will look to get him in the most meaningful fights,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo.
Andrade edges Culcay
Demetrius Andrade walked into the lions den and came out of it a two-time world champion with a 12-round split decision to capture the WBA Junior Middleweight world title over defending champion Jack Culcay in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Andrade was the superior boxer, who controlled the bout with his combination punching as he worked the body and then came upstairs to the head of Culcay. Andrade kept a solid distance with his jab, that thwarted Culcay’s oncoming rushes. It was a tough grueling battle as Culcay (22-2, 11 KO’s) tried to bull his way in, had some, but little success and, Andrade was consistently finishing off the exchanges with the prominent punches.
The fight had entertaining exchanges throughout, but it was the workrate of Andrade that was the difference to the tune of 116-112 twice while Culcay took a card 115-114.
“I thought I did everything that I needed to do. I came to Germany and took the title,”said Andrade. “Culcay came like a champion, but I was the better man. I outlanded him and I came out with the victory.”
Andrade (24-0, 16 KO’s) of Providence, Rhode Island is now a 2-time world champion as he adds the WBA belt to his trophy case.
“It feels great. It was a great opportunity to come over here. I never lost my other belt in the ring, so it feels like “And still, and the New, and still undefeated” world champion”
“I just want to fight the best. Line them up, and I will knock all the champions down.”
With the title, Andrade will look to come back to the United States and defend his crown. I just want to thank my whole team, everyone in Providence, New England, Matrix Aerospace, SNAC, Everlast, and my promoters. ”
Andrade beats Culcay
On Saturday night in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Demetrius Andrade became a two-time undefeated World Champion by defeating defending champion Jack Culcay. With the victory Andrade won the WBA Super Welterweight crown.
Andrade won by matching scores of 116-112 on two of the judge’s scorecards, but the third judge incredibly had the fight for Culcay by a score of 115-114. Andrade was the superior boxer and controlled the bout with fast combos to Culcay’s head and body. While often Andrade used an effective jab to keep his distance, the bout became a spirited battle with Culcay trying to bull his way in and Andrade often answering back with punches in bunches.
Andrade utilized both physical and superior skill advantages throughout the fight as he outfought Culcay for most of the 12 rounds but it was a tough and grueling battle as Culcay (22-2, 11 KO’s) and Andrade (24-0, 16 KO’s) both showed heart and determination in numerous entertaining exchanges that thrilled the sold-out crowd.
Andrade set a fast pace from the opening bell using his full arsenal throughout the fight, keeping the game Culcay at bay for most of the rounds. Culcay to his credit never stopped trying and even engaged Andrade in a toe-to-toe battle in the 12th and final round, but Andrade stood his ground and usually had an answer for Culcay’s advances.
Andrade stated: “I did everything I needed to do. I came to German and took the title. Culcay fought like a champion but I was the better man. It feels great. I never lost my belt in the ring, so it feels like ‘and still, and the new, and still undefeated world champion…”
When asked about future plans, Andrade said: “I just want to fight the best. Line them up, and I will knock all the champions down”.
Andrade’s Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments after the fight, “It was a very exciting fight that both should be proud of as they both showed the determination and will to win that a world championship inspires. Demetrius has shown he is willing to fight anybody, anywhere, to show the world he is the best. We are looking forward to bringing Demetrius back home and have him fight the very best fighters in the world.”
Demetrius Andrade is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions .