Demetrius Andrade kept a firm grip on the WBO light-middleweight title with victory over British challenger Brian Rose at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.
The 2007 World Amateur Champion and 2008 Olympian did serious damage with his honey punch – the straight left hand, to put Rose down in the first and rock him twice early on, before dropping him again in the third with a right hook.
Andrade systematically broke Rose’s will in the next few rounds, and after landing a massive uppercut and backing ‘The Lion’ on to the ropes, the 26 year-old forced Michael Griffin to step in and stop it.
The impressive win represents Andrade’s first defence of the belt he won against Vanes Martirosyan in November, and on this form, the fighter nicknamed ‘Boo Boo’ could be set to reign for a long time to come.
On the undercard, light-heavyweight Seanie Monaghan improved to 22-0 with a win over the experienced Elvir Muriqi. Judges saw the contest 99-90 (twice) and 98-91 over ten rounds to keep Monaghan’s unbeaten run intact.
Also on the card, super-bantamweight Heather Hardy made it to 10-0 with a tight technical split decision triumph over Jackie Trivilino.
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