by Fox Doucette
Sometimes things go exactly as you expect them to in life—a routine ground ball to shortstop, an SEC college football team beating the Pensacola Bible College by 70 on homecoming weekend—and Demetrius Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs) delivered the expected against Rudy Cisneros (12-4, 11 KOs) on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights Saturday Special one-off fight show.
For three minutes, Andrade controlled the action with jabs and power shots, even staggering Cisneros with modest punches (Cisneros was at one point knocked back by a jab that did not even land cleanly), then finally at the very end of the first round a two-punch combination landed flush on the Chicago native’s chin, sending him down for the count and out of the ring on a stretcher.
There was a swing fight, a six-rounder that was essentially on tape delay thanks to the promoter not holding anyone for a live swing fight—a unanimous decision win for Joseph Perez (9-2, 2 KOs) over Juan Jaramillo (8-10-2, 3 KOs) from earlier in the evening, that was as routine in its way as was the main event, ending 59-55 on every judge’s card.
As a Cotto-Mayweather appetizer goes, this was less a hearty pile of mozza sticks and more a single chip on the fringes of a plate of nachos that didn’t even have any cheese on it. Three minutes, no challenge or competition, move along, nothing to see here. The biggest knock on Demetrius Andrade has been his weak level of competition, and that is exactly what fans got tonight.
Fox Doucette covers Friday Night Fights for The Boxing Tribune. His weekly column, The Southpaw, appears on Thursdays. Fan mail, hate mail, and some damn cheese for those nachos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.