Olympian Demetrius Andrade fighting Friday at home in R.I.
PROVIDENCE (Sept. 2, 2009) – A year ago, 2008 Olympian Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade was a world amateur champion representing the United States in the Olympic Games. Now, considered one of the top pro prospects in the world, Demetrius returns home to fight Friday night in the 6-round co-feature on the “School’s In” card, at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island..
Article posted on 01.09.2009
Poor scoring at the Olympics may have left Andrade with a sour taste, but the junior middleweight has moved on as his pro journey takes him, hopefully, to even greater heights.
“All of that is in the past,” Andrade said. “I learned never to put the final result of a fight in the hands of the judges. I either knock out my opponent or beat him badly to where there’s no doubt I won.
“I’ve been training hard in the gym for this fight. I really love fighting at home. There’s no added pressure on me at all. I like it better than being far away from home in a hotel room. Here, I enjoy chillin’ out with my family and friends. I’m much more comfortable fighting at home and look forward to it.”
“School’s In” is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River. Andrade (5-0, 4 KOs) meets unbeaten John Williams (3-0-1, 2 KOs) in the 6-round co-feature, in association with Banner Promotions and Star Boxing.
Eastern Boxing Association (EBA) super middleweight “Irish” Joey McCreedy (10-3-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of Lowell (MA), battles Lawrence’s (MA) hard-hitting Eddie “Thunder” Caminero (5-2, 5 KOs) for Merrimack Valley bragging rights in the 8-round main event for McCreedy’s EBA belt as well as the vacant New England crown.
Former University of Rhode Island football player, Providence super middleweight Vladine Biosse (2-0, 2 KOs), faces Robert Graves (0-1) in a 4-round bout. Providence cruiserweight Jay Holland (3-0, 2 KOs) meets Rodricka Ray (2-3, 1 KO), Providence super featherweight Omar Pena (2-0-1) squares-off against Israel Suarez (1-2, 0 KOs), and Hartford junior middleweight David Bauza makes his pro debut versus Antonio Fernandez (0-2), of Brockton. Peabody (MA) super lightweight Simeon Dunwell (9-1, 2 KOs) and Pawtucket super lightweight Diego Pereira (4-0, 2 KOs) are also scheduled to fight on the “School’s In” show in separate 4-round matches against opponents to be determined. All bouts and boxers are subject to change.
Rollback ticket prices for “School’s In” are $35.00, $50.00, $100.00 ($15.00 redeemable free play at Twin River), and limited $150.00 Jimmy’s Platinum Club ($25.00 redeemable free play at Twin River), and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at Twin River’s Players Club booth at Twin River, or any TicketMaster location.
Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or the Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ www.twinriver.com) for more information. Doors open at 6 PM/ET, first bout at 7 PM/ET.
ANDRADE PROMISES SPECTACULAR SHOWING IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN FANS
On Friday September 4th, Providence, Rhode Island's newest favorite son, the 2007 amateur world champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (6-0, 5KO) will look to put on yet another spectacular showing in front of his hometown fans when he takes on fellow unbeaten John Williams (3-0-1, 2KO) in the co-feature bout of the evening at the beautiful Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the jr. middleweight division.
For the 21-year-old Andrade, who is co- promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, it will mark the second time in his professional career he will be fighting in his home state of Rhode Island at the Twin River Event Center. Andrade last fought there in November of last year, scoring a sensational fourth round TKO over Eric Marriott.
Andrade has been on a tear since turning pro in October of last year. Already an international star as an amateur, Andrade has continued to impress on the national stage as a professional. Since turning pro Andrade has gained national T.V. exposure fighting on the Versus network, SNY's and three times on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". His performance against Arnulfo Javier Romero on March 20th (KO2) was even chosen as one of the 2009 Friday Night Fights best knockouts of the year.
Andrade was widely considered by many boxing insiders to be the top amateur prospect to come out of the 2008 Olympics, and so far through his first six fights he has done more than just live up to the hype.
"Clearly, Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is a gifted fighter who has massive potential. Look at Andrade's physical gifts. The former amateur champion has blazing hand speed, terrific size for a junior middleweight and obvious power. A 4-year-old could watch him fight and realize instantly that he has loads of talent. Andrade, 21, has all the tools to be a champion and a star," stated ESPN.com boxing analyst Dan Rafael.
Andrade last saw action on August 1st at the Mohegan Sun on the undercard of Star Boxing's IBF Welterweight Championship event. While Andrade had a large contingent of hometown supporters at the Mohegan Sun (Providence is about an hour car ride away), the hot jr. middleweight prospect says there is nothing like actually fighting in his home state.
"I can't wait to get in that ring Friday Night," stated Andrade. "There is nothing like fighting in your own home state and having all your family, fans and friends there to support you and cheer you on; it provides me with an opportunity to give something back to this state that I love. One of my dreams is to one day fight for a world championship right here in Providence. I want to encourage everyone to come out for the show Friday, I am going to put on another spectacular showing that I can assure you are not going to want to miss."
The Demetrius Andrade - John Williams fight is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions in association with Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment and Sports.
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