Plenty of headliner attractions have come together to form a big card on the DAZN app, that is to take place this Friday, January 18th. Reigning WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (26-0-0, 16KO) will look to make a successful 1st defense of his world title against #8 ranked WBO contender Artur Akavov (19-2-0, 8KO). The Russian fighter faced the former holder of this WBO belt Billy Joe Saunders back in 2016, and was defeated via unanimous decision; however Akavov put up a competitive effort that raised a few eyebrows during the bout, with 2 of those judges giving him 5 rounds. Andrade is finally back in the drivers seat as far as his career is concerned, and he would like to put on an impressive show against a world ranked opponent, so that he can explore his options at this weight class in terms of elite competition.
Women’s boxing legend and 6-division world Champion Amanda Serrano (35-1-1, 26KO) finally makes her debut at the famed Madison Square Garden arena, and will go after an unprecedented 7th world title against Austria’s Eva Voraberger (24-5-0, 11KO), vying for the vacant WBO Super-Flyweight title. Serrano is taking a very big risk in dropping back down six…yes, SIX! divisions for this bout, after winning her Super-Lightweight title back in September of 2018, so with a seismic move of this magnitude, there’s no telling how her body will ultimately respond to the sudden weight loss in a relatively short period of time. Voraberger has fought at Bantamweight her last couple of fights, and moved back down in weight for this grand opportunity.
Also added to the card is great P4P talent, and 3-division world Champion Jorge Linares (45-4-0, 28KO), who will return to action against gate-keeper Pablo Cesar Cano (31-7-1, 21KO). It appears that Linares is nearing a push for a world title opportunity at Junior-Welterweight, which would be an opportunity to win a title in a 4th division, as he looks to push full force while still in his prime at the age of 33. Cano has been in with some of the best, ultimately serving as a litmus test to see where those top fighters shape out in the hierarchy of the division, and he finds himself once again in that type of bout against a supremely talented fighter.
By plan, ranked Heavyweight giant Jarrell Miller (23-0-1, 20KO) has decided that since he’s been having trouble securing a fight with one of the Champions, or the other elite ranking fighters at Heavyweight, he may as well stay busy by taking on all comers in short periods of time, with this being his 3rd fight in 3 1/2 months. He takes on a fight on this card against an opponent to-be-announced as a stay-busy bout to keep himself fresh while he tries to cut in on the sweepstakes at the top of the Heavyweight division.