Andrade stops Akavov in the final round!
Photos by: Emily Harney
WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Artur Akavov (19-3, 8 KOs) on Friday at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Andrade dominated the contest for the most part with his superior skills, particularly his expert jab. Akavov had only a few flashes of offenses and no clue of how to defend against the consummate talent of the champion.
Andrade controlled the early rounds with his jab and footwork. Akavov was not busy enough to discourage the constant pressure of Andrade.
In the fourth and fifth round, the champ was nonstop with his flickering jab and fluid hand speed.
Akavov started to slow down in round six from the relentless attack of Andrade. From the sixth thru the eighth rounds, Andrade began to mix-in more of a body attack, particularly to the left side of his opponent.
Andrade was on cruise control during the ninth when Akavov suddenly landed a three-punch combination that seemingly stunned the champ. Andrade come out strong in the tenth but an accidental clash of heads produced a cut over the right eye of Akavov. Andrade shifted his attention to the cut and mercilessly pumped his jab into laceration. Towards the end of the round, Andrade caught Akavov with a hard jab.
Andrade maintained his momentum in the eleventh while Akavov remained clueless.
In the last minute of the final round, Andrade drilled in a pounding jab that sent Akavov momentarily backpedaling. Akavov appeared able to continue however referee Arthur Mercante Jr. abruptly stopped the contest with 24 seconds left, much to the disgust of Akavov.
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Doheny dropped Takahashi in round three and was in command all the way. Takahashi didn’t seem particularly hurt, but the bout was suddenly waved off by referee Michael Ortega at 2:18 of the eleventh.
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