Andrade vs Akavov

Andrade vs Akavov : Demetrius Andrade from Beverly Hills, California, makes the first defence of his WBO middleweight belt against No 8 ranked Artur Akavov of Russia at the Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York on Friday night.The 30-year-old Andrade won the vacant belt on October 20 last year with a wide unanimous 12-round points decision over previously undefeated Walter Kautondokwa.

Demetrius Andrade from Beverly Hills, California, makes the first defence of his WBO middleweight belt against No 8 ranked Artur Akavov of Russia at the Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York on Friday night.The 30-year-old Andrade won the vacant belt on October 20 last year with a wide unanimous 12-round points decision over previously undefeated Walter Kautondokwa.

The belt became vacant when Billy Joe Sanders vacated after testing positive for a banned substance.The southpaw Andrade (26-0; 16) had previously won the vacant WBO light-middleweight belt in November 2013 with a spilt decision victory over Vanes Martirosyon and made successful defences against Brian Rose (tko 7) and Jack Culcay (sd 12), before moving up to the middleweight class.

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Akavov, 33, who also fights from the southpaw stance, has a record of 19-2; 8 and fights out of Beverley Hills, California, made his pro debut on March 4, 2011.

His two losses have come against Oleg Liseev (pts 8) and to Billy Joe Saunders (pts 12) in a challenge for the WBO middleweight belt.

He is coming off two wins in 2018 but goes into the fight as the underdog.

The other main organisation champions are WBA “super”, Saul Alvarez, WBA “regular” Rob Brant, WBC, Saul Alvarez, and IBF, Daniel Jacobs.

Demetrius Andrade weighed in lighter than challenger Artur Akavov ahead of his world title defence at Madison Square Garden, on Friday night.

The unbeaten ‘Boo Boo’ scaled in at 159.9lbs, ahead of the first defence of his WBO middleweight strap, live on Sky Sports, with Russian foe Akavov bang on the 11st 6lbs (160lbs) limit.

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