By Marc Livitz at ringside: Demetrius Andrade scored a split decision victory this evening over Vanes Martirosyan and claimed the vacant WBO Super Welterweight title at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Andrade was the more active fighter when the opening bell rang, while Martirosyan was looking to counter his Providence, Rhode Island opponent. Vanes scored a knockdown with about thirty seconds to go when Demetrius walked straight into a left hook. "Boo Boo" quickly arose from his backside and the fight continued. The action intensified in round two and Andrade sent Martirosyan’s attention temporarily skyward with a right uppercut. In the third, Andrade sought to pile on the punches from the start and Vanes answered with a few power shots of his own.
One quarter of the bout was now in the bag and the first round knockdown was all that seemed to separate the two in what appeared to be a dead even contest. Andrade was cautioned about hitting the back of Martirosyan’s head shortly into round four and the same style of back and forth activity continued. Vanes’s corner gave some attention to a small cut under his left eye between rounds. He was able to somewhat knock Demetrius of balance at times during the fifth.
Andrade started to pile on the hurt early in the sixth period. His stiff right jab would be followed by hard lefts and this took place several times before the round was even half completed. Vanes motioned his gloves and beckoned his opponent to bring some more. Demetrius was landing far more shots by this point. He was beginning to clearly outwork "The Nightmare". His quick snapping left jab was continuing to get through in round seven and his defense grew more solid. His success rate was nearly double that of his Armenia cum California foe.
Andrade jabbed and pawed away at Martirosyan in the eighth. He was connecting with combinations, while Vanes would often answer with but a single shot. His left eye was considerably more swollen when the bell sounded to begin round nine and the direct cause (Andrade’s right jab) kept on rolling. He threw several shots of his own, yet the majority of them couldn’t break "Boo Boo’s" tight defense. Andrade connected with a hard right cross less than a minute into the tenth and he was having his way with Vanes. He was nearly doubling Martirosyan’s thrown as well as connect percentage.
Demetrius seemed to get even faster in round eleven. His jab was speedier and although Vanes’s left jab got through a few times, he wasn’t able to follow up with a right afterwards. Martirosyan knew that if he wanted to win the vacant WBO Light Middleweight crown, then he would need a knockout to do so. Instead, he was quite passive in round twelve. He still could not break down the defensive prowess of Andrade.
Demetrius raised his hands in victory once the bout concluded. Vanes Martirosyan looked visibly beaten up up, while Demetrius Andrade looked like he’d just completed a light jog. He felt he’d done enough to win and strangely, only two of the three ringside judges agreed with him. One scored the contest 115-112 for Vanes, while the remaining two were correctly in the favor of Demetrius at 114-113 and 117-110, respectively. He was more active throughout the majority of the bout and the final statistics illustrated this. 769 total punches thrown compared to 443, 219 total connects to 97.
Demetrius Caesar "Boo Boo" Andrade is now the WBO Super Welterweight champion and keeps his record undefeated at (20-0, 13 KO’s). Vanes Martirosyan felt defeat for the first time in his professional career and now hold a record of (33-1-1, 21 KO’s).