Demetrius Andrade vs Demond Nicholson Preview January 7th, 2023
Unbeaten former WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island takes on Demond Nicholson of Laurel, Maryland in Washington DC this Saturday, January 7th . The 10-round super middleweight bout can be seen live in America on Showtime pay-per-view on the undercard of the Gervonta Davis vs Hector Luis Garcia rumble. Andrade last fought in November, 2021 when he stopped Jason Quigley in the second round. Nicholson was last in the ring in August when he halted Christopher Brooker in the third round.
Andrade vs Nicholson Betting Odds
- Demond Nicholson +1000
- Demetrius Andrade -2000
The 34-year-old Andrade won the vacant WBO Middleweight Crown in October, 2018 via a unanimous decision over Walter Kautondokwa and defended it against Artur Akavov by 12th-round stoppage in January, 2019. He then defended it against Macviej Sulecki by unanimous decision and then stopped Luke Keeler, decisioned Liam Williams and stopped Quigley. He defended the title five times but has given it up to head north in wight by eight pounds. Andrade was also briefly the WBA Super Welterweight Champion in 2017 after beating Jack Culcay by unanimous decision.
Andrade enters the ring with a perfect record of 31-0 with 19 Ko’s. He’s a southpaw who stands 6-feet tall with a 73.5-inch reach. He’s got quite a lot of talent and has only slightly stepped up the class of opposition recently. His biggest wins have been against Quigley, Williams, Sulecki, Culcay, Willie Nelson, Alantez Fox and Vanes Martirosyan by split decision in 2013 to win the vacant WBO Super Welterweight Title.
Andrade defended that WBO belt against Brian Rose by seventh-round stoppage the next year, but gave up the title a few months later when he wouldn’t take on mandatory challenger Jermell Charlo. Andrade then sat out several months with promotional problems. He was inactive for a year before winning the vacant title against Kautondokwa. But at the age of 34 he hasn’t met any elite boxers as of yet and fans are getting a little impatient.
He’s a former 2008 U.S. Olympian who enjoyed an excellent amateur career. He turned pro shortly after the Olympics in 2008 and has fought 190 rounds since and also has wins over veterans Grady Brewer, Freddy Hernandez and Saul Duran. Andrade possesses some fine boxing skills but isn’t exactly the most exciting fighter out there even though he’s got better-than-average power with a current knockout ratio of 61.3 per cent. He’s also gone the distance in five of his last eight outings.
As for Nicholson, he’s 29-years old and climbs into the ring with a mark of 26-4-1 with 22 Ko’s and has boxed 119 rounds since making his pro debut in 2013 following a pretty good amateur career. He won the 2005 National Silver Gloves Final in the 10/11-year-old division as a youngster. He also reached the 2012 USA National Championship semifinals where he lost to Terrell Gausha. As a pro, his biggest wins have been over the likes of German Perez, Milton Nunez, Joshua Okine, Isaac Rodrigues, Fernando Castaneda, Jessie Nicklow and Chrstopher Brooker.
His losses came at the hands of Lekan Byfield via sixth-round TKO in 2014, by eight-round split decision to Steve Rolls in 2017, by seventh-round TKO to Jesse Hart in 2018 in a shot at the vacant NABF Super Middleweight Title, and by eight-round unanimous decision to Edgar Berlanga in April, 2021. His lone draw was an eight-round affair with Immanuwel Aleem in 2016. Since turning pro, Nicholson has captured the WBC United States Super Middleweight Title and the vacant USA Maryland State Super Middleweight Belt.
Nicholson also stands 6-feet tall with a 73-inch reach which puts him at the same height as Andrade with just a half-inch disadvantage in reach. As far as power goes, he has plenty of it as his current knockout ratio comes in at 71 per cent, which means he’s always just a punch away form victory or turning a fight around. However, he has just two stoppages in his last six fights but they came in his last two outings against Gabriel Pham in the fifth round and Brooker in the third stanza.
Nicholson is a solid pro with skills and power and also used to the 168 lb division, but still isn’t the level of competition Andrade should be facing. His chin is also questionable as he’s been stopped twice and dropped several times in his career. Whether the world’s top middleweights and super middleweights are avoiding Andrade is debatable but somewhere down the line he needs to get in the ring with an elite-level boxer. Nicholson has a puncher’s chance here but I expect Andrade to remain unbeaten this weekend.
Andrade’s skills should prove to be much for Nicholson.
Play: Andrade -2000 @ BetOnline.ag
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