Demetrius Andrade (18-0, 13 KOs), of Providence, R.I., puts his unbeaten record on the line against former world title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-3, 20 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., in the 10-round light middleweight main event at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on Friday.
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On the same card light welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-1, 8 KOs), of Philadelphia, meets Emmanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor (15-1, 10 KOs), of Edgewood, Md., in the 10-round co-feature. The doubleheader is promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions.
Andrade and Hernandez participated in a public workout Thursday at Modell’s Sporting Goods
in Times Square before joining the other fighters for the weigh-in at the New York State Athletic Commission Office in Lower Manhattan.
Weights: Andrade tipped the scale at 154.2 pounds, Hernandez, 154. Serrano weighed 141.6 pounds, Taylor 140.6.
Below is what thefighters said Thursday:
“It is important to win and of course people want to see a good performance. I haven’t done anything differently for this fight but I know he’s a good fighter and I’m ready.
“Now that I’m working with (new trainer) Virgil (Hunter) there’s a little more structure going on and just having all the right resources.
“Fighting on a premium television channel like SHOWTIME is a step up. I know my family will be coming and watching.”
“I have experience but he’s young and I know that I’m the test and that I won’t be an easy test for him. I think a key is for me to fight him on the inside because he’s taller. I know that he likes to fight from a distance.
“I’ve been training well like always but this time we’ve been working a lot more on movement so I think that will be good
“I am fighting for my wife (Alma Grajales) today because it’s her birthday. And of course I’m fighting for my biggest motivation, my son (Freddy III).”