- WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade is set to defend his title in Providence
- Polish Challenger is Maciej Sulecki is a heavy underdog
- Andrade seeks a showdown with Canelo and Golovkin
Demetrius Andrade is promising a major hometown victory when he defends his WBO World Middleweight title against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, June 29th at the Dunkin’ Donuts Centre.
Undefeated Andrade is rated a heavy -571 favourite with sportsbooks, with Sulecki at +440.
Demetrius Andrade vs Maciej Sulecki Odds
*Odds taken at 06/25/19
Sulecki’s First World Title Fight
It will be the challenger’s first world title fight. But he has served notice of his potential by taking current IBF middleweight Daniel Jacobs the full distance in April 2018 in his only setback.
Andrade, meanwhile, is eager to deliver an impressive showing on his first appearance in his own backyard.
He also sees the fight as a stepping stone towards a potentially huge title unification clash with three-belt middleweight champion Saul “Canelo,” Alvarez. A collision with the veteran former undefeated middleweight king Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan is also a target.
Andrade needs to look good against Sulecki as he seeks to build and maintain his profile towards securing a date with one of the sport’s superstars.
However, Alvarez and Golovkin could be heading for a third meeting later in the year as they have built up one of the greatest rivalries in modern boxing.
— Demetrius Andrade (@BooBooAndrade) June 25, 2019
It means Andrade needs to look good against Sulecki as he seeks to build and maintain his profile towards securing a date with one of the sport’s superstars. That means the only real interest will be in taking a calculated risk on an upset.
This will be his second defence of the WBO middleweight belt following his 12th round stoppage of Artur Akavov in New York in January.
The 31-year-old Andrade won the vacant belt with a wide points win against South African Walter Kautondokwa in Boston in October, 2018.
Belt Declared Vacant
The belt had been declared vacant after British title holder Billy Joe Saunders had been stripped of it following the announcement of a failed test for the banned substance Oxilofrine.
Andrade had been due to challenge Saunders.
Andrade vs Sulecki Tale of the Tape
A tall and sharp technically gifted southpaw, Andrade is ranked no. 4 in The Ring‘s middleweight ratings. Sulecki is ranked no. 8.
Andrade is ranked no. 4 in The Ring‘s middleweight ratings. Sulecki is ranked no. 8.
Andrade reigned as the WBA and WBO superwelterweight champion between 2013 and 2017.
Maciej Sulecki: Demetrius Andrade is weak, hasn’t fought anybody.Maciej just over a week away from a shot at WBO middleweight.
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ESPN rate Andrade at no. 5 in the world in the division and Sulacki at no. 8.
Sulecki, 30, has a record of 28 victories and one defeat with 11 knockout wins.
He is originally from the Polish capital of Warsaw, but nine of his last 11 contests have taken place in the US. His most recent win was a unanimous decision victory against the unheralded Gabriel Rosado of the USA in Philadelphia in March this year.
Andrade Has Major Reach Advantage
He will match Andrade’s 6’1″ stature, but the American will have a significant reach advantage which will allow him to dominate the fight with his quick and intelligent boxing skill-set.
As an amateur, Andrade won a gold medal at welterweight at the 2007 World Championships. He was also twice a winner in the division in both the Golden Gloves and US national championships tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Sulecki has an amateur record of 110 wins and 30 defeat.
Pick: Sulecki +440