Demetrius Andrade took a big step forward in his career on Saturday night in Verona, New York, handing a one-sided shellacking to fellow contender Willie Nelson. Andrade dropped Nelson in Round 1 and put on a boxing clinic the rest of the way, landing hard combinations consistently. He put Nelson on the canvas in Round 11 and twice in the final frame, before referee Dick Pakozdi waved off the action with less than 90 seconds left in the fight.
Andrade was the favorite for this fight, but Nelson is still a good win, and the Demetrius’ style in victory makes the win that much better. In the past five years, Nelson had lost only to Vanes Martiroysan, in a fairly competitive fight. He recorded a very impressive TKO of previously unbeaten Tony Harrison last July.
Nelson is a big puncher and the rare 154-pound fighter that enjoyed an advantage over Andrade in height and length. But Andrade’s skill was a full level above Nelson.
Andrade is a former Olympian. He’s a 6’1″ southpaw with a tricky and athletic style of boxing. I’d see him as at least an even-money bet against pretty much any fighter in the division, including Saul Alvarez. I’d favor him over Austin Trout and give him a slight edge over either Charlo twin or Julian Williams. I think he would make for an extremely interesting fight with Erislandy Lara, though I’d give the Cuban a small advantage.
These are all great potential matchups and some of them need to happen. A fight with Jermell Charlo should happen before the end of the year. Andrade’s stoppage of Nelson was a WBC title eliminator, which means he should get next crack at the belt that Charlo won by knocking out John Jackson in May.
Charlo struggled in that bout with Jackson. The fact that he was able to pull out the victory by Round 8 KO was a testament to his skill, but if he fights like that against Andrade, his title run will be a short one.