Demetrius Andrade has another new opponent in this week's Friday Night Fights main event, and the finalized bout will see the former Olympian face Chicago's Angel Hernandez.
Andrade was originally slated to face Derek Ennis, who came down ill and was then replaced by Terrance Cauthen yesterday. The Star Boxing press release says nothing about Cauthen or what happened with that fight, but a guess would tell us that Andrade and his team were more upset about the idea of facing a southpaw on three days' notice than was originally described, and frankly that's fair enough.
Hernandez (30-10, 17 KO) is an OK club fighter, but let's not make more of this than is really there. For a guy on two days' notice, he's a fine choice. Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia makes note of what Hernandez has done in the ring.
"We're very fortunate to find a solid veteran like Angel Hernandez as a late replacement," DeGuardia said. "He's been in with some of the best and beaten the likes of Juan Carlos Candelo, Frankie Randall, James McGirt, Larry Marks, and Antwun Echols. We expect him to be a solid test for Demetrius."
What DeGuardia does not mention is that Hernandez, 36, has lost three straight fights to Peter Manfredo Jr, Osumanu Adama, and Joey Hernandez.
Just like Cauthen, and frankly just like Ennis, this likely won't be a huge test for "Boo Boo" Andrade (15-0, 10 KO), who should be able to win this thing without a lot of trouble. He's simply too good a boxer to have much trouble with someone as limited as Hernandez.