Demetrius Andrade successfully defended his WBO World Middleweight Title against Maciej Sulecki, dropping the Polish challenger on the way to a comprehensive shutout victory at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Boxing in front of his hometown of Providence for the first time, Andrade brought the crowd of over seven thousand to their feet within the opening minute of the contest, dropping Sulecki with a left hook.
Andrade looked comfortable throughout the contest, and while his style may not be a crowd pleaser, he is undoubtedly a talented fighter. His performance reflected on all three judges scorecards, which read 120-107.
In a post-fight interview, Andrade once again signalled his intent to square off with Mexican superstar, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“Providence, Rhode Island, that’s what I am talking about, baby,” said Andrade. “Sulecki was a great fighter. A top ten guy, he came after it all night and let me utilize my tools. I gave people another great 12 rounds of boxing. I used my jab. Sulecki is no pushover. He ain’t no Steve Rolls, ain’t no Rocky Fielding. So Canelo, where your cajones at? Let’s get it.
“Forget the WBC shit. Whatever that ‘Franchise’ belt is. Let’s go, Canelo. Let’s unify this division. Let’s have one champion. It’s right here. Let’s do it. No more running, no more games. Let’s put it all on the line and see who is the best. Mano y mano. Viva Mexico!
“I am the best out here. He stepped up to the plate. Sulecki was a tough guy. He wasn’t taking no for an answer. He came to fight though and I did what I had to do, and that’s look pretty. Tall, black, handsome. Alto, moreno, guapo. Your boy. It’s me again. See you in September!
“No excuses in there. I kind of felt something going on with my body during training camp so I utilized what I can and did what I did. I looked good doing it. My legs were bothering me for a while after a few rounds. My dad told me to take it easy and told me to give them what they came here to see and that’s the sweet science of boxing.
“If you want to say you’re a legend and you’re the top guy, then you need to come this way. There’s no other way. I don’t want to fight the bottom guys. Sulecki is a top 10 guy, there are no more. I keep beating them, I keep beating them, I just keep beating them. I didn’t look past Sulecki, I just knew I was going to beat him.”