Photo by Amanda Wescott, Showtime
The card at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York was headlined by Ruslan Provodnikov and John Molina, Jr., two junior welterweights who couldn’t afford to lose. As expected, both hammer-fisted fighters landed a lot of power punches that created a feeling of imminence for a knockout. However, former junior middleweight titlist, Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs), stole the show in the second of three televised fights, by steam rolling Willie Nelson (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in a dominant 12th round stoppage performance.
Andrade had no problem landing five and six punch combinations that started downstairs and ended at the center of Nelson’s face. In round one Andrade scored the first knockdown of the fight when he landed a counter right hand that caught his opponent off guard. The footwork and hand speed by Andrade seemed to befuddle Nelson, who never had a chance to land a game changing punch like he did against Tony Harrison last year. In the Harrison fight, Nelson was out boxed for a majority of the fight but landed a big right hand and scored an upset TKO victory in the ninth. This time he wasn’t able to steal a win against the elusive southpaw, Andrade.
“My reaction time is still good and I’ve got to say Willie Nelson is a true champion. He pushed me to my limits and I had to dig in and figure out which punches would work because he has a good defense, said Andrade.” In just his second fight in two years, the former junior middleweight titlist is ready to raise his level of competition and hold a title again. “I am ready for those Charlo boys now, baby.” There’s no question he’s ready and now that he’s fighting on Showtime, it shouldn’t be too hard to get an opportunity from one of the Charlo twins. Especially since Andrade is the mandatory for WBC junior middleweight champion, Jermell Charlo.