Rhode Island’s own, and reigning WBO Middleweight World Titlist 🇺🇸Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (28-0-0, 17KO) was very dominant in his homecoming, putting together a masterclass, this being the sharpest performance of his career in thoroughly outpointing and outclassing top-tier contender 🇵🇱Maciej “Striczu” Sulecki (28-2-0, 11KO) through 12 rounds, securing the 2nd defense of his WBO Title.
Andrade came out guns-a-blazing, firing some wicked combinations and sneaking in some big overhand lefts that got to the mark quick, including one that caught Sulecki on the top of the head that put him down in the first minute of the fight. Andrade made sure that Sulecki couldn’t find his comfort zone or his range and jumped the beat on the tough Polish fighter, enforcing to Maciej early that there is a different level that he has yet to encounter up to this point in his career.
In the second round, Andrade switched his tactics, but kept the same intensity and high punch output, confusing Sulecki who looked very stationary trying to figure out where Andrade was going to be after he fired unorthodox shots that he had problems seeing incoming.
In large, this fight was a microcosm of Andrade showing the many different facets in which he can fight, constantly switching his approach after delivering initial damage from each style, showing that he can do a little bit of everything. Andrade’s extreme outside movement and elite footwork was something that Sulecki couldn’t handle at all, being that Sulecki is normally accustomed to fighting fighters who either stand in front of him, or stay within his range for return fire.
Suclecki had far more success against an elite Middleweight in 🇺🇸Daniel Jacobs because with Jacobs natural style, he hung around in mid distance for Sulecki to land cleanly. Down the stretch of this Andrade/Sulecki contest, Andrade switched constantly from lefty to righty, and dropped his hands, fighting in a style somewhat reminiscent of the drunken style technique in martial arts, and a common theme of the night, Sulecki had no answers to combat that style either.
They fought the full 12 rounds, and with no doubt in the air at all, the scorecards were gathered very quickly, and Andrade had his hand raised in front of his homecrowd of Providence, Rhode Island (USA).
Andrade in the most Andrade way possible (he’s a character😆)…issued formal challenges to both RING-LINEAL Middleweight Champion of the World ♛🇲🇽Canelo Alvarez, and to 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy Golovkin (who many still feel like is the King of the division), letting it be known that he (Andrade) wants all the smoke at the top of the division with the two standard bearers at the weight class. His decision to move up to the Middleweight division was centered around not getting the fights he wanted to get at Super-Welterweight, to target the top of the Middleweight division which promises strong challenges and a hefty paycheck to accompany it.
For Andrade’s sake, he certainly has the all-around talent to match both of those guys level for level, he just needs extra leverage to secure one of those big names. Him having the WBO Belt is great leverage for a Canelo Alvarez, who has been very focal about becoming Undisputed Middleweight World Champion. At this point, you would get very little argument that Andrade is one of the 3 best Middleweights in the World, but he has his sights set higher than just being in the company of the top dogs, he wants to BE that guy.
FINAL PUNCH-STATS 🥊🥊
🤜 Demetrius Andrade = 133/496, 26.8% Landed.
🤜 Maciej Sulecki = 51/331, 15.4% Landed.
OFFICIAL SCORECARDS ✎🗒️
✎ Glen Feldman = 120-107 for ANDRADE (Shut-Out)
✎ Robin Taylor = 120-107 for ANDRADE (Shut-Out)
✎ Don Trella = 120-107 for ANDRADE (Shut-Out)
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS ✎🗒️
✎ Tré Berry = 120-107 for ANDRADE (Shut-Out)