Last night in Verona New York, undefeated and former two time Jr. Middleweight World Champion, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade made a successful debut in the Middleweight division by getting the UD win over Alantez “Slyaza” Fox. Fox came into the fight undefeated but was completely dominated over 12 rounds. It appeared Andrade would get the stoppage but he seemed content with getting the easy win. Fox was accredited with a knockdown but replay clearly showed it was a slip but it did not matter in the end. All three judges had Andrade ahead by scores of 118-110, 118-109, and 116-111 for Andrade who improved to 25-0 16KOs.
Andrade fought the first of his 3 fight deal with HBO and will surely get a fight on the network but against who? The win while clear and decisive, was not exciting enough to generate any particular fight. 160 lbs is an active division so many match ups are available. Andrade is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions.
In the main event Alberto “Explosivo” Machado got the upset win over previously undefeated Jezreel Corrales to capture the WBA 130 lbs title. Corrales lost the belt at the scale when he came in overweight at 134 lbs and after allowed time still came back overweight at 133.3 lbs. Machado made weight at 130 lbs and was the only fighter who could win the title which he seized the moment. Corrales was dominating early on and even dropped Machado in the 5th but the challenger came coming forward. In the 6th round the tide began to change as Machado rocked Corrales who kept jumping in and was rocked. He was able to hold and survive but it was only a preview of what was to come. In the 8th round as both fighters landed shots Machado left was a lot harder landing on the chin followed by a right that sent Corrales to the canvass. Corrales went down and got up at the count of 9 1/2 but was wobbly feet prompting referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.
The official of the stoppage was 2:18 of the 8th round as Alberto Machado improved to 19-0 16KOs and Jezreel dropped to 22-2 8KOs. After the fight, the newly crowned WBA Champion Machado dedicated the fight to his family and Puerto Rico.