Andrade gets the win, Cano upsets Linares
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 night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City as he hopes to have a very busy 2019 with Matchroom Boxing. Andrade handled Akavov from start to finish as Akavov after round four seemed continue to survive and not take big shots. The referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waved it off with 24 seconds left in the fight, leaving Akavov frustrated.
In a major upset, Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (32-7-1, 22 KOs) ran through former three-division world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (45-5, 28 KOs) to retain his WBC international silver super lightweight title with a first-round TKO victory in the co-main event. Cano dropped Linares seemingly with the first punch he throw in round one then two more times for good measure. This is a major hindrance to Jorge Linares, who was looking to become a four-division world champion.
Former world champion Chris Algieri (23-3, 8 KOs) won a hard-fought ten-round decision over Daniel “El Gallo” Gonzalez (17-2, 7 KOs). Algieri and Gonzalez were sparring partners in the tri-state area and the fought was close and tense as both knew each other well. Algieri also tried to be more aggressive which worked at times, but also appeared to make the fight harder for himself. Algieri won the fight with the scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.
Algieri is all, but a given to fight WBO super lightweight world champion, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker.
In a clash for the vacant WBO Female super flyweight title, Amanda Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KOs) is now a seven-division world champion as she stopped Eva Voraberger (24-6, 11 KOs) in just 35 seconds. Serrano has now held belts from super flyweight all the way up to super lightweight.