By Fox Doucette
The saga continues in Uncasville, Connecticut, as first Derek Ennis withdrew from his ESPN Friday Night Fights commitment to fight 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade citing a high (103° F/39.4° C) fever. Then late replacement Terrance Cauthen pulled out, preferring to accept an offer to fight Thomas Dulorme on ShoBox next week rather than try to prepare for Andrade on three days’ notice (this according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael via Twitter). Left without an opponent in the main event, Star Boxing turns to Angel Hernandez (30-10, 17 KOs), who once fought for a world title, losing to Winky Wright in 2003 for the IBF strap at junior middleweight.
Hernandez is long past his prime and gets only two days to prepare to fight on television; this combined with Hernandez’s age (36) and recent record (three consecutive losses and no wins since 2009), should make Demetrius Andrade’s night a lot easier. If current trends continue, they may have to pull a guy out of the parking lot on fight night and say “anyone who weighs 154 pounds, please step forward.”
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