Demetrius Andrade cruises in winning vacant middleweight world title

Demetrius Andrade cruises in winning vacant middleweight world title

He tested positive for the powerful banned stimulant oxilofrine, and when the results were returned on Sept. 26, less than a month before the fight, Andrade's new promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, quickly made a deal with Kautondokwa, the next man in the WBO's rankings, to be on standby.

In the third round, Andrade, 30, landed a heavy left hand that dropped Kautondokwa hard.

Andrade landed another hard left in the fourth round that dropped Kautondokwa again, but Kautondokwa appeared to land his own left hand simultaneously for what looked like a rare double knockdown.

Later in the round, Andrade landed yet another stiff left hand for a second knockdown in the round.

With Golden Boy Promotions' other fighters also joining DAZN along with Hearn's stable, Andrade could eventually find himself facing former middleweight titlist David Lemieux, who is with Golden Boy, or the Hearn-promoted Daniel Jacobs, who faces Sergiy Derevyanchenko for a vacant middleweight title on Oct. 27 in one of the final HBO events before the network drops its boxing coverage at the end of the year.

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