Demetrius Andrade will defend the WBO middleweight title against Maciej Sulecki on June 29, 2019, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
The fight is a homecoming of sorts for Andrade who will be fighting in his hometown for the first time ever as a professional boxer. Although he has been a prizefighter since 2008, Andrade has never fought in front of his town-mates. He will have that opportunity on June 29th when he defends his world title for the second time in front of his home crowd.
Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade
Andrade is a two-weight division champion as he formerly held the WBA (Regular) WBO light middleweight title between 2013 and 2017 before moving up to 160 pounds. He was a standout amateur boxer who won the U.S. National Championship and Golden Gloves twice each before winning a gold medal in the 2007 World Championships and representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics.
Known as Boo-Boo, Andrade has an unbeaten record of 27-0 with 17 wins by way of knockout. In November 2013, Andrade defeated Vanes Martirosyan to win the vacant WBO light middleweight title. Four fights later, he became a two-time world champion when he annexed the WBA (regular) junior middleweight belt by defeating Jack Culcay via split decision.
The 31-year old Providence, Rhode Island native stands 6-1 and has a reach of 73.5 inches while fighting out of the southpaw stance. In his most recent bout, his first defense of the WBA middleweight title, Andrade scored a 12th round knockout win over Artur Akakov. Boo Boo is currently the Ring’s #5 ranked middleweight.
Odds from Bet365 as of 6/12/19.
Maciej Sulecki is the Ring’s #10 ranked middleweight. He is ranked #7 by the WBC and among the Top 10 by the IBF and WBO. The 30-year old native of Warsaw, Poland was a former three-time Polish Junior boxing champion who had a final amateur record of 110 wins against 30 defeats.
Known as Striczu, Sulecki is coming off a thrilling back and forth war victory over Gabriel Rosado in Philadelphia back in March to win the WBO international middleweight title. The Pole is ranked #3 by the WBO and will be fighting in his first ever world title bout. It can be recalled that Sulecki took former IBF middleweight champion Danny Jacobs to the full route when they fought in April 2018.
Sulecki has a professional record of 28-1 with 11 wins by knockout. He stands 6-0 with a reach of 73 inches. He fought his first 18 professional bouts in his native Poland, went undefeated during that period and captured the Polish middleweight title and the Poland International Middleweight title. In his last bout, Sulecki gave former IBF middleweight king Daniel Jacobs a run for his money before ultimately losing the bout.
A Very Important Fight
The boxing betting odds are high on the undefeated American right now. Andrade is considered among the top middleweights of today along with Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. As such, this fight is very important because a decisive victory by Andrade could easily land him the big fight that he has long waited for.
Alvarez defeated Jacobs in their title unification bout last month and with Andrade holding the one belt that completes his collection to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world, a title unification bout between the two could be in store this coming September. But first things first for Andrade, he must beat Sulecki and that’s not going to be a walk in the park, despite what the odds are saying.
Sulecki showed grit and durability when he gave Danny Jacobs a run for his money during their 2018 bout. Although Jacobs won that fight by unanimous decision, it was a relatively close bout with only the 12th round knockdown giving the Miracle Man a clear edge in points. Jacobs looked a punch quicker than Sulecki but the Pole gained more confidence as the fight progressed and he began to close the distance and make a fight out of it.
Sulecki dropped Gabriel Rosado in his last bout but with 11 knockouts in 28 victories, he isn’t really a power puncher and knockout artist that Andrade should be wary of. Instead, Sulecki is a good volume puncher for a middleweight and he throws a lot of jabs to set up his punches. However, I don’t think he will be able to keep up with Andrade’s speed and quickness.
Andrade is a good athletic fighter who has good size, reach, power and experience in the middleweight division. What makes Andrade a tough cover is his southpaw stance because only a handful of middleweights fight from the left-handed position. As such, Sulecki could have problems adjusting to Andrade early on and with Boo-Boo being a good boxer as well, it may be too late once the Pole figures him out.
Another worry I have with Sulecki is his durability. We saw Jack Culcay wobble him several times during their bout, Jacobs put him down and Rosado dropped him multiple times before running out of time. Andrade isn’t super powerful, but he does pack a heavy punch. If Culcay can hurt Sulecki, Andrade can surely knock him out.
I think both fighters will box each other at the start of the fight. It’s going to be a good one because both are good boxers. Between the two though, I would still give Andrade the advantage. The American has a good mix of head and body punches that eventually wear down his opponents. In the later rounds, I expect Sulecki to slow down and Andrade taking over. I won’t be surprised in Andrade gets a stoppage here. He has 8 stoppages in his last dozen bouts including his last one. I don’t think Sulecki is durable enough to withstand Andrade’s flurries nor do I think he will find it easy to box a southpaw.
I would say this fight goes to the middle rounds before Andrade takes over. Before the championship rounds, Sulecki could get tired and Andrade should get a stoppage in the 8th or 9th round. I’m picking Demetrius Andrade to beat Maciej Sulecki on June 29, 2019.