By Jake Donovan
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Unbeaten local hero Demetrius Andrade gets his long-overdue homecoming headliner, as the unbeaten southpaw defends his middleweight title versus Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11KOs).
The bout takes place Saturday evening live on DAZN from Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
Raymond Ford lived up to his “Savage” nickname, making quick work of Mexico’s Isidro Figueroa (1-1) in their featherweight preliminary contest. A left hook to the body delivered a one-punch knockout for Ford (3-0, 1KO) at 1:21 of round one.
Ford, a 20-year old newcomer from Camden, N.J., signed with Matchroom Boxing USA earlier this year following a brilliant amateur career. He made his pro debut this past March in Philadelphia, having gone the four-round distance on that night as well as his second fight his past May in Nottingham, England.
Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent emerged victorious in what she insists was the final fight of her eight year-career. The 40-year old Connecticut-bred featherweight scored an eight-round decision over Brazil’s Simone Da Silva (16-13, 6KOs).
Scores were 79-73 (twice) and 78-74 in favor of Vincent (25-2, 1KO), who is best remembered in the ring for her pair of fights with Heather Hardy.
Their first fight in 2016 was among the year’s fiercest contests, with the two going to war in their NBC Sports Network-televised slugfest. The rematch came with far higher stakes, but was less competitive as Vincent dropped a 10-round decision to Hardy in their vacant featherweight title fight last October live on HBO.
Local middleweight Anthony Concepcion (4-0, 4KOs) wasted no time in the evening’s curtain raiser, scoring a 1st round knockout of Miami’s Yasmani Pedroso (2-7, 1KO). A right hand shot put Pedroso down and out at 2:02 of round one.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox