2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade (14-0, 9 KOs), a month removed from the biggest win of his career so far against Grady Brewer on the ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale, takes a stay-busy fight in Manchester, New Hampshire this Wednesday against Saul Duran (38-18-2, 31 KOs), who fought for a world title in 1999 but is 34 pounds heavier and owns a record of 11-15-1 since that title shot, including 2-5 in his last seven fights.
For Andrade, it is a chance to not only stay busy but to continue a sort of unofficial rivalry with fellow ESPN-touted prospect Fernando Guerrero. Guerrero lost to Grady Brewer before Andrade beat the former “Contender” reality participant, and another common opponent will be made after tonight’s fight; Guerrero knocked out Duran in four rounds in November of 2010. This may speak to Duran’s current status as a gatekeeper for up-and-coming prospects, since all four of Duran’s four most recent vanquishers fit the up-and-comer profile.
The fights will be at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, on Wednesday night, September 21. Doors open at 7:30 Eastern, with the first bout at 8; there will be no national television coverage of the fights, which are part of the 10th annual Fight to Educate promotion with proceeds going to local charities benefiting education in the Granite State.
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