It wasn't the most beautiful fight to watch, what with no poetry in the violence and all this, but Demetrius Andrade beat Vanes Martirosyan tonight in a watchable though very awkward 12-round affair in Corpus Christi, Texas, winning the vacant WBO junior middleweight title in the process.
The official call was a split decision for Andrade (20-0, 13 KO), who won on scores of 117-110, 114-113, and 112-115. BLH had it 115-112 for Andrade, and that seemed in my view about as close as it could have really been scored. The card that went to Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KO) was fairly absurd, and came from "no notable fights" judge Javier Alvarez of Texas. The conspiracy theorist in me believes Alvarez was a plant there to make it seem like we need all the ancient judges who also get fights this wrong all the time, killing any outcry for new blood in major fight judging. Better the screw-ups you know, you know?
But that's all silly, right? Probably. It has to be.
Andrade, 25, was knocked down in the first round on a counter shot from Martirosyan, but after that he got into a pretty solid rhythm. I had it even most of the way, but Andrade took the fight home down the stretch, as Martirosyan fought with no urgency and "Boo Boo" opened his game up a bit more, going to another level. It wasn't warp speed, but it was something at least, and for me, that made the real difference.
Statistically, Andrade vastly outlanded Martirosyan over the course of the fight.
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