DAZN Fighter Profile: Demetrius Andrade (Boo Boo)
Two-time world champion and current middleweight star Demetrius Andrade has endured upheaval in recent weeks.
The 30 year-old, who reigned twice at the 154-pound limit, was due to fight Billy Joe Saunders on October 20 at the TD Garden in Boston.
It’s all change following a Massachusetts Boxing Board decision not to sanction Saunders at a recent hearing. Step up Namibian Walter Kautondokwa, who will fight Andrade, for now, vacant WBO Middleweight title.
Andrade puts his 25-0 record on the line as the headline act following his recent signing with promoter Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Boxing USA.
The Rhode Island fighter first won a world title when defeating Vanes Martirosyan in 2013. Despite being hit with a constant red tap limiting him to just one defense, Andrae would become a two-time ruler in 2017 when regaining a strap against Jack Culcay in Germany.
‘Boo Boo’ is looking forward to the challenge of becoming a two-weight, three-time world champion.
“I’m honored to be headlining at the TD Garden on October 20, live on DAZN. I’m going to show the rest of the world exactly why I’m the most avoided fighter at 160 lbs,” said Andrade.
Opponent Kautondokwa, himself unbeaten at 17-0, is a largely unknown quantity.
Record: 25-0, 16 KO’s
KO Ratio: 64%
Nickname: Boo Boo
Date of Birth: 26 FEB / 1988
Height: 6ft 1ins
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Others on the bill for October 20th include Irish favorite Katie Taylor. The biggest star in women’s boxing and the WBA and IBF World Lightweight Champ competes with Brooklyn-based Cindy Serrano.
‘Checkmate’ is the Brooklyn-based WBO Featherweight Champ. Serrano is also one of the most exciting combat sports stars to come out of Puerto Rico. Serrano hasn’t lost a fight since 2012 and is gunning for two-weight World glory.
Also on the bill is a showdown between American boxer and IBF Super-Featherweight titleholder Tevin Farmer and Irish boxer James Tennyson.
Farmer landed the title with landslide points wins in Billy Dib’s Australian backyard in August. He gained redemption in the process after missing out on the crown in a controversial split decision loss against Kenichi Ogawa in Las Vegas in December. Tennyson is the reigning European and Commonwealth champion.
The October 20th fight will also be available on DAZN on US soil. DAZN is the world’s first pure sport streaming service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand.
After launching in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, and Canada over the last two years, DAZN launched in the U.S. in September at $9.99 per month. DAZN has more than 70 fight nights planned across Matchroom Boxing, Bellator MMA, and the World Boxing Super Series.
The platform, available on most connected devices, including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, and game consoles, offers a 1-month free trial and no long-term contract.