By: Marc Livitz: Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade made quick work of Angel Hernandez in their light middleweight bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Friday night. The undefeated Providence, R.I. fighter was hardly troubled by the late replacement from Chicago. Perhaps Derrick Ennis and Terrence Cauthen should breathe a sigh of relief. They were first and second scheduled opponents for Andrade during what came to be an eventful week. Ennis dropped out of the running earlier in the week due to a high fever, while Cauthen chose to fight a different foe on February 17. Enter Angel Hernandez (30(17)-11(3)), who needed to pass several medical tests in order to step into the ring.
Andrade, a 2008 Olympian is ranked in the top fifteen with all of the major sanctioning bodies. His stock may not exactly vault through the ceiling with Friday night’s performance, but he is still to be viewed as a fighter on the rise. Hernandez attempted to trade wild shots with Andrade from the opening bell. The Chicago boxer found out the hard way that his Rhode Island opponent was simply too strong and packed a thunderous punch. Demetrius Andrade was happy to trade soft shots for powerful ones. Hernandez did manage to connect with a hard right as the bell sounded to end round one. The second round had hardly reached the midway point when Andrade scored the first knockdown of his last-minute replacement competitor. Hernandez foolishly tried to dig into Andrade and was then tagged with a short left hook after a quick tie up. He was dropped but he rose to his feet. Less than thirty seconds later, "Boo Boo" Andrade improved his record to (15(11)-0) by way of a crushing left hook which basically had Hernandez out on his feet. A quick body shot followed and the Chicago pugilist crumbled. Referee Steve Smoger stepped in and halted the fight at the 1:39 mark of round two.
Raymond "Tito" Serrano improved his record to eighteen wins without a blemish with a challenging yet concise victory over Kenny Abril. The junior welterweight contest took place with a catch weight of 143 pounds inserted to assist Abril (11(6)-5(1)-1), who had taken the fight on short notice. The Rochester, N.Y. boxer managed to lose twenty pounds in a month’s time and then attempted to sweat out any excess weight in the hotel sauna prior to the official weigh-in. He didn’t quite make it. Abril stepped into the ring at 144 1/2 pounds and would need to surrender a small percentage of his earnings to his opponent.
Philadelphia native Serrano (18(8)-0) was unable to display the consistent balance needed to progress to the championship level. Throughout the fight, Kenny Abril was able to counter punch until he simply ran out of gas. The opening rounds were very much a display of orthodox versus southpaw, Serrano the former and Abril the latter. The undefeated Philly boxer tried to have his way in the first three rounds. What eventually caught up with him was his tendency to open up to counter punches once he had completed his attack. Although the two fighters had the occasional tie-up, Serrano met the canvas with less than a minute remaining in round three. After he caught Abril with a double left hook, the 22 year old overcommitted with a follow up right. His 27 year old foe then dropped his off-balance opponent with a quick left. Although replays confirmed that a glancing blow was the knockdown punch, Abril walked away with a 10-8 round after the third.
Throughout the middle periods, Kenny Abril could not take full advantage of Serrano’s noticeable stance and recoil flaws. Raymond utilized an effective left jab to keep his opponent at a distance. By the end of round eight, the formidable fighter from New York state could not counter punch to any capital effect. It would seem as if the rapid shedding of body weight led to a serious drain of energy. Round nine was uncharted territory for Abril, as he had never ventured past the eighth in his seven year career. Fatigue had set in and by this point, Kenny Abril would need an improbable knockout to finish the evening with his hand raised. It was not to be. "Tito" Serrano simply outworked him and emerged victorious with a ten round unanimous decision. Two of the judges’ scorecards read 97-92, while the third registered 95-94.
February 10, 2012.