All you need to know about Andrade vs Kautondokwa fight
Date: 20th October
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Andrade is about to face the undefeated knockout artist Walter Kautondokwa for the WBO middleweight title. Since teaming up with Eddie Hearn, Andrade has grown more confident and believes he in on his way up.
“My situation is great right now,” Andrade said. “Had I not made the move with Eddie, I would have been fighting in England, having tune-ups or waiting around still. I never needed tune-ups. I take every fight very seriously, I have since day one.
“I could have waited around and had tick overs, instead, this world title chance came along and we’re on the road to the top in another division already.
Andrade to win: 1.07
Kautondokwa to win: 7.27
“I think middleweight can be the new glamour division in boxing. We have big names at 160lbs and if you look at 154lbs, those guys are going to grow and they’ll have to come up – look at Jarrett Hurd, he’s a big dude.
“The division is hot and it’s going to get hotter.”
The 30-year-old American was originally meant to fight Billy Joe Saunders, only for the Briton to be refused a boxing license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission after failing his doping test in August.
With the title fight scrapped, Saunders was duly stripped of his belt, with the WBO number 2 ranked middleweight Walter Kautondokwa stepping in to fight Andrade.
Both men enter the fight with flawless professional records. Andrade is 25-0, with 16 of his victories coming by way of knockout. His previous fight saw him record a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Alantez Fox.
Kautondokwa is meanwhile 17-0, having knocked out every single one of his opponents since his first professional fight, a points win over a domestic rival at a Namibian shopping centre.