Undefeated American southpaw, Demetrius Andrade, managed to overcome Jack Culcay via split decision to claim the WBA regular super-welterweight crown on Saturday.
At the end of the contest, the judges at ringside scored to bout 116-112 twice for Andrade and 115-114 for Culcay.
Andrade has been inactive of late, competing in only three fights since he claimed the vacant WBO super welterweight title in 2013 with a split decision victory over Vanes Martirosyan.
Andrade’s ring rust clearly affected his game plan. Culcay used this to his advantage getting on the inside and taking the fight to Andrade.
On some occasions, Culcay was able to neutralise Andrade’s significant height and reach advantage successfully and as a result, stifle Andrade’s game plan.
In the final minute of round 12, Culcay felt he was in need of a knockout to claim victory, and he momentarily had Andrade on shaky ground, but the skillful American managed to weather the storm to secure a split decision victory.