It was never competitive tonight at the Barclays Center between WBO junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade and challenger Brian "The Lion" Rose, and Andrade will leave the building with his title belt and his undefeated record intact, stopping the former British champion in seven rounds.
Referee Michael Griffin stepped in to put an end to the one-sided beatdown, with a bloodied Rose (25-2-1, 7 KO) reeling and getting battered, as he had been much of the night. The challenger was dropped hard on a straight left hand from the southpaw champion in the opening round, and in the third, a counter right hook put Rose on the canvas a second time. The fight never got any closer, and after Rose shelled up and looked to survive some rounds and keep himself in the fight, Andrade opened up once more in the seventh, closing the show in impressive fashion.
Bad Left Hook had it 60-52 after six rounds for Andrade, which is the score surely everyone on earth had except for maybe the blind.
The CompuBox numbers are wildly lopsided, with Andrade landing 149 of 452 total punches (33%), and 44% of his power shots (128/288). Rose, on the other hand, connected on a paltry 30 of 179 total punches (17%), and just 19 of 100 power shots (19%).
While it's certainly worth wondering if Rose was a legitimate world title contender (most would say no), there's no questioning that Andrade (21-0, 14 KO) looked sharp and dialed in tonight for his first-ever world title defense. He came out, found out quickly that Rose wasn't going to be able to give him much trouble, and he did his job from there. When he got the openings, he was flashy and effective. When he didn't have them, he was efficient and effective.
What did you think of Andrade's performance tonight, and how far off from the real top guys at 154 is he right now?