In a main event that included several knockdowns, Demetrius Andrade defeated Walter Kautondokwa to claim the WBO world middleweight title after twelve rounds of action on Saturday night.
DAZN’s fight card also featured victories by the IBF & WBA Female Lightweight Titlist Katie Taylor, IBF Featherweight Kid Galahad, and a stoppage by IBF Junior Lightweight Titlist Tevin Farmer.
Andrade dominated Kautondokwa on his way to a unanimous victory.
“I believe after a one-year layoff, my second bout at 160, and the new middleweight champion of the world, Demetrius Andrade! I feel good, I definitely think I carried my power well and we’re just going to keep building and growing for the 160 lb. division and I want to fight the best out there,” said Andrade, who was due to face Billy Joe Saunders.
“Walter’s a strong tough guy and he can hang in there with the best. We had to make adjustments. I used my boxing ability and everything I was taught and worked on in the gym. He ain’t never been 12 rounds before and I haven’t for a long time…I’m sailing a yacht and we sunk him.”
“He kept coming forward and he didn’t show any weakness so I took my time and put my punches together. He was actually getting stronger as the fight went on and I just kept doing what I had to do…kept doing my business and smiling.”
“It’s great baby. Three-time world champion. We made history.”
On who he wants next: “I want to keep active. I’m gonna sit down with Eddie Hearn and see what’s best for us. I could have taken the route and taken two easy tune-up fights but I didn’t.”
On fighting on his dad’s birthday for the second year in a row: “Happy birthday to my dad, I love you and thank you for everything you gave me and you give to me.”
Farmer retained his IBF world title for the first time when halting Tennyson in the fifth.
“I’m the best fighter in the world. I haven’t proved it yet but watch,” said Farmer.
On who he wants next: “I want everybody with a belt. I don’t care who it is. But I have one particular guy I want. Gervonta Davis. Everyone’s like, why you not fighting, why you not fighting? Gervonta wants to fight. Everybody wants the fight. Now I got the belt, we got the money, and we got the venues. Let’s get it Davis already, let’s go!”
On the fight: “I was learning on the job. I’m a few years in, 31, 32 years in. I’m just starting to adapt now. Starting at 19, I had to get all my experience through the pros. I just never gave up and I stuck to it. I have a hell of a team too. We put together a game plan and I executed it. The game plan was to work everything behind the jab, stay patient. I’ve been in a lot of tough fights, he hasn’t. Me and my camp knew I could punch. I knocked someone out before they knocked me out, so who’s the puncher?”
“I can’t even explain it. It’s unexplainable. I’m not even supposed to be here today. I lost four of my first 12 fights. Most people would have gave up but I stuck to it…you just have to keep grinding and believe in yourself and listen to your team. I have a big family support system and they support me to the death and that’s why I’m as good as I am and I fight for them.”
Galahad managed to out-point Kahn Clary to win on all three cards 118-110 (x2) and 115-113.
“It was a tremendous fight. Toka Kahn Clary, I tip my hat off to him because he was an absolute warrior. He took some heavy shots and kept on coming,” said Galahad.
“Toka is from an unbelievable amateur pedigree….a tremendous achievement but the pro ranks is a different game. I knew his pedigree. I knew it was going to be a tough night. If you see me in the ring, all the way until the 12th round, I was trying to take him out. That’s what I do.”
On who he wants next: “I want the winner of Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington. I see [Warrington’s] manager somewhere around there, hiding, trying to watch. That’s what I want next.”
“I want to dedicate this fight to the late, great Brendan Ingle.”
Also on the bill, Katie Taylor won every round of ten against Cindy Serrano to prove her place among the best women boxers in the world.
The Irishwoman took the verdict 100-90 across the board to move to 11-0.
On Cindy’s performance tonight: “She really wasn’t doing very much at all. I was very very surprised. I had a lot of respect for Cindy coming into this fight and I thought she was going to give everything she has.”
On when her next fight will be: “I think I’m fighting December 15th?” [said, laughing, while looking at Eddie] “I just want to be involved in big fights again. It was great atmosphere tonight and it was great to fight one of the Serrano sisters.”
On a fight vs. Delphine Persoon: “I think it would quite silly for her not to take that fight.”
On Conor McGregor coming to cheer her on: “Ya…he actually came into the dressing room beforehand to wish me luck as well. That was really nice of him and he’s a great guy.”
On a potential fight vs. Amanda Serrano: “She has to come out of retirement for the fight that everyone wants to see. I think she’s pretty doing everything she can to avoid a fight with me.”
On women’s fighting: “It’s fantastic. Women’s boxing is at a real high at the moment. There’s a lot of talk around all these fights that are happening. It’s the first time in the history of the sport that women are on TV. It’s great for the sport and it’s great to be a part of it.”
Who does he want next vs. Katie?: “Amanda will do, if she wants to go next. I think Katie needs the tests otherwise she’ll get bored, and she needs to challenge herself. We expected a challenge tonight. I would still love to fight a champion because I know Katie is about legacy. The original aim is to be the undisputed champion of the world. I would like to see Volante next.”
12-round Vacant WBO Middleweight World Title Bout @ 160 lbs.
Demetrius Andrade vs. Walter Kautondokwa
Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs) def. Walter Kautondokwa (17-1, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision
(120-104, 119-105, 120-104)
10-round IBF & WBA Female Lightweight World Title Bout @ 135 lbs.
Katie Taylor vs. Cindy Serrano
Katie Taylor (11-0, 5 KOs) def. Cindy Serrano (27-6-3, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision
(100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
12-round IBF Junior Lightweight World Title Bout @ 130 lbs.
Tevin Farmer vs. James Tennyson
Tevin Farmer (27-4-1, 6 KOs) def. James Tennyson (22-3, 18 KOs) by TKO at 1:44 of Round 5
12-round IBF Featherweight Elimination Bout @ 126 lbs.
Kid Galahad vs. Toka Khan Clary
Kid Galahad (25-0, 15 KOs) def. Toka Khan Clary (25-2, 17 KOs) by unanimous decision
(118-110, 118-110, 115-113)
Boxing on DAZN returns next Saturday, Oct. 27 from New Orleans when Regis Prograis takes on Terry Flanagan in the main event of the World Boxing Super Series.