Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs) won a unanimous decision in his super middleweight debut, dropping Demond Nicholson (26-5-1, 22 KOs) twice over the course of ten rounds.
“I felt good, I can definitely tell the difference at the new weight,” said Andrade, who won by three scores of 100-88. “But the speed and combinations and using my IQ was the plan today and that’s what we did. The weight was different.”
Andrade, a former world champion at 154 and 160 pounds, jumped at Nicholson and connected with a left hand just seconds after the bell rang, setting the tone for the rest of the fight. Andrade knocked Nicholson out in round two with a head combo, but Nicholson claimed the knockdown should have been ruled a slip.
Nicholson appeared to connect with a body shot on Andrade that sent him to the canvas early in round five, nearly changing the tide. Referee Malik Waleed, however, ruled the sequence a slip before Andrade rose to his feet to win the round.
“The only way I can say I’m the best is by fighting the best,” said Andrade. “Everyone knows that Demond Nicholson is a dog. That’s why we took this fight. He took this fight because he knew I was coming up and he definitely has the animal in him. He showed it today.”
Andrade's accuracy and volume proved decisive, as he connected at 45% of his attempts, out-landing Nicholson 145 to 28. Andrade capped off his dominance with a knockdown in the final round, landing a flawless counter that forced Nicholson's glove to land on the mat. Nicholson made it to the final bell, but Andrade won convincingly.
"We're going to look to see who's available at 168 pounds,” said Andrade. “I'm just going to get stronger, sharper and faster."