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Andrade stops Duran; Sykes ready for Buckland on Saturday

Manchester, N.H. (September 21, 2011) – Undefeated light middleweight Demetrius "The Cape Verdean Assassin" Andrade outclassed two-time world title challenger Saul "Baby" Duran en route to a victory by third-round knockout in tonight’s main event on the 10th annual Fight To Educate card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Enjoying target practice for the full three rounds, Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Providence, decked Duran at the end of the second and third rounds, unloading a series of crisp, hard punches. Duran was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round.

Now rated No. 14 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC") and No. 15 by the World Boxing Organization ("WBO"), the 23-year-old Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, appears to be closing in on a major, if not title fight, in 2012.

"I came out aggressively because he got me mad at the weigh in (Duran weighed in 2 ½ pounds over the contract weight and started eating a Snickers candy bar before he was forced to lose the added weight)," Andrade said after the fight. "The plan was to use my jab. He had a soft stomach and didn’t look like he was in great shape.

"As long as I use my speed, everything is easy. He’s a tough fighter who took some good blows. I hope to fight once more before the end of this year."

New Hampshire middleweight Jose "Stinger" Medina (15-9-1, 7 KOs) dropped Anibel Acevedo (13-8-1, 11 KOs), 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, at the end of round two. Acevedo failed to answer the bell for the third round.

Framingham (MA) light welterweight Danny O’Connor (15-1, 4 KOs), 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, rebounded from his first pro loss with an impressive first-round knockout of Mexican boxer Jamal Del Cid (7-6). Working with trainer Ronnie Shields in their first fight together, O’Connor unloaded a barrage on Del Cid, who was trapped on the ropes until the fight was halted.

New Hampshire featherweight Dan Powers (4-0, 2 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact via a workmanlike four-round, unanimous decision versus a game Luis Rosario.

Vermont welterweight Chris Gilbert (2-0, 2 KOs) connected with a perfect placed right uppercut, stopping Noel Garcia in the opening round.

Proceeds from the 10th annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center (

www.see-sciencecenter.org), The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education (www.stepheneducationfund.com), and St. Joseph Community Services/Meals on Wheels (www.mealsonwheelsnh.org).


FINAL RESULTS

MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Jose Medina (15-9-1, 8 KOs), Tilton, NH WTKO2 (3:00) Anibel Acevedo (13-8-1, 11 KOs), San Juan Puerto Rico

LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Demetrius Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs), Providence, RI WTKO3 (3:00) Saul Duran (38-19-2, 31 KOs), Cuidad Juarez, Chichuahua, Mexico

WELTERWEIGHTS

Chris Gilbert (2-0, 1 KO), Windsor, VT TKO1 (1:33) Noel Garcia (2-12-1, 1KO), Springfield, MA

LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS

Danny O’Connor (15-1, 4 KOs), Framingham, MA WTKO1 (1:20) Jamal Del Cid (7-6, 3 KOs), Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

FEATHERWEIGHTS

Dan Powers (4-0, 2 KOs), Claremont, NH (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) Luis Rosario (4-16, 2 KOs), Springfield, MA

SYKES READY TO BLAST BUCKLAND

GARY SYKES will be throwing an incredible 120 punches a round in Saturday’s (Sept 24th) British super-featherweight title defence against Gary Buckland.

Dewsbury’s Sykes was stopped in 45 seconds by the Cardiff battler in Prizefighter last November, but has left no stone unturned in preparations ahead of their Ponds Forge Arena battle.

He has lived and breathed boxing during a nine week camp and his manager and co-trainer Chris Aston even paid for a warm-up fight.

Aston warned said: “Buckland is a bit of a workhorse and I don’t know how he will cope when Gary is throwing 120 punches a round with speed.

“Even late in fights against Andy Morris and Anthony Crolla, Gary was still throwing 100 punches every three minutes.

“Obviously after what happened at Prizefighter there is always a chance that Gary could clock him, but he is bang on after the camp.”

Sykes captured the British crown in March 2010 when he defeated Andy Morris and will win a Lonsdale belt outright if he beats Hatton Promotions 130lb star on their talent stacked bill.

Aston added: “We’re not making excuse for Prizefighter, but in a competition like that you are less cautious.

“This is over 12 rounds and in the early stages Gary will have his chin tucked down, using footwork, speed and ability to stay out of trouble.”

In the chief support former European champion and WBC world title challenger Rendall Munroe meets Ryuta Miyagi in a non-title ten rounder.

Jenkins fellow Sheffield prospects Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins, Richard Towers and Jezz Wilson are also on the big bill.

Etches and Towers face Belarussian opposition. Heavyweight Towers meeting Yuri Bihoutseu over eight rounds, while Etches boxes Yauheni Abdurazakau over four rounds.

Jenkins has his second paid fight when he faces vastly experienced Steve Gethin.

Manchester’s former amateur star Tommy Stubbs makes his pro debut when he faces, tricky Kuwaiti Anwar Alfadi, who boxes out of Ingle’s stable.

Other fights: Justyn Hugh v Carl Wild and Wilson v Jay Morris.

There are just a few tickets left priced £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222.

The card will be screened live by Sky Sports.

To listen to Hatton TV’s knockout interview with Gary Buckland log onto http://www.hattonboxing.com/tv/news/gary-buckland-hopes-to-make-it-a-welsh-double

SATURDAY! FLYWEIGHTS TAKE OVER ON "SABADOS DE CORONA" IN COZUMEL

LOS ANGELES, September 21 - Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions will return to the boxing-rich country of Mexico this Saturday, September 24 for another thrilling edition of "Sabados De Corona" which will be televised by Televisa in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the United States from the Centro de Convenciones in Cozumel Quintana Roo, Mexico.

In the 12-round main event, a shot at the World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight world championship is on the line when Mexico City's Oscar Blanquet faces Panama's Ricardo Nunez in an eagerly anticipated elimination bout.

Plus, two more flyweight will battle it out in the co-main event, when Guadalajara's Jesus Jimenez takes on former World Champion Carlos Tamara in a 12-round fight for the IBF International flyweight title.

This doubleheader headlines a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The Televisa broadcast will air on Canal 5 and begins at 10:30 pm CT.

The fights will also be available in the United States as AT&T* is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. The September 24 U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT on AT&T U-verse® TV, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeo and, for subscribers to the U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones.**

26-year old Oscar "De la Renta" Blanquet (29-3-1, 20 KO's) has paid his dues over the last eight years and now he's ready for prime time and a world title opportunity. Unbeaten in 17 fights since 2008, Blanquet has only gone the distance twice in that stretch and he has won three of his last four bouts via first round knockout. The stablemate of WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez will look to earn a world title shot after getting past Nunez.

Panama City native Ricardo "El Matematico" Nunez (21-2, 18 KO's) is as eager as his opponent is to end fights early, and he has only left fights up to the judges three times in a career that began in 2006. The 23-years old current WBC Latino champion owns eight first round knockouts and is looking to earn his title shot on September 24.

With 24 knockouts among his 33 professional wins, 27-year-old southpaw Jesus Jimenez (33-7, 24 KO's) is aptly nicknamed "The Destroyer," and the former world title challenger can't wait to take down Carlos Tamara in his home country of Mexico. Winner of five of his last six fights, with the only loss coming via decision in a WBA World Title fight against Jean Piero Perez, Jimenez has bounced back with two knockout wins and expects to make it three in Cozumel.

A 2004 Olympian for Colombia, Sincelejo's Carlos "El Olimpico" Tamara (22-6, 16 KO's) may not have won Gold in Athens, but he made up for it on the professional scene on January 23, 2010 when he stopped Brian Viloria in the 12th round to win the IBF Junior Flyweight World Championship. The 28-year old lost his belt in his first defense against Luis Alberto Lazarte, but in 2011, he started fresh with a second round knockout of Jorge Ballesteros and looks to continue the road back to winning a world title belt again.

Article posted on 22.09.2011



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