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  • May 13, 2021

Exclusive: American champion floors Brit en route to unanimous decision victory

 Exclusive: American champion floors Brit en route to unanimous decision victory


Demetrius Andrade beat Liam Williams by unanimous decision to defend his WBO middleweight world title on Saturday night in Miami.

The champion was dominant for large parts of the contest, but also showed vulnerabilities as he was hurt by his challenger.

Demetrius Andrade is still the WBO middleweight champion

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Demetrius Andrade is still the WBO middleweight champion

The fight began with a fast start from the American.

Andrade busted up Williams in the opening round, staggering him early and landing at will.

He built on this success with a textbook knockdown in the second.

The Welshman walked straight into a classic one-two and hit the canvas.

Williams rose to his feet and survived the round, but was clearly hurt and looked out of his depth by a distance.

Andrade appeared to stagger him again with a hook in the third, but this time there would be no knockdown.

Having weathered the initial storm, Williams then began to build his way back into the fight with effective pressure in round four.

As they approached the halfway point, Andrade smashed Williams with a number of uppercuts which halted his relentless aggression.

The challenger went on the attack again at the start of the seventh, but struggled to land enough clean punches to make an impact.

In response, the champion became more economical with his boxing to preserve energy, picking the more eye-catching, hurtful shots.

Andrade’s defensive boxing seemed flawless until round nine, when a big right hand from Williams stunned him.

The American was suddenly holding on for dear life and did well to make it through to the bell without going down.

In the final three rounds, Andrade saw out the victory by making things scrappy and awkward to neutralise Williams’ attack.

The three judges scored it as a unanimous decision in the champion’s favour: 116-111, 118-109, 118-109

Andrade wants a showdown with Jermall Charlo

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Andrade wants a showdown with Jermall Charlo

Andrade said post-fight: “Liam Williams is a helluva fighter, tough, strong.

“That’s the fight I people want to see me in. I didn’t know he was tough, he’s a dog.

“He came here to win, I got hit with some hot shots too. That’s what the people wanted to see, so we did it.”

Williams added: “He was better than I thought, to be honest.

“I hurt him a couple of times, but he was gone before I could capitalise on it.”





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