After the last-minute withdrawal of Derek Ennis, unbeaten 2008 Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade will now face 1996 Olympian Terrance “Heat” Cauthen this week in the main event of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The 23-year-old Andrade (15-0, 10 knockouts), of Providence, R.I., is preparing to break camp in Orlando, Fla. today and head back to Providence ahead of the bout, but trainer Rob Valle says that they have had no southpaw sparring to prepare for the left-handed Cauthen (36-7, 9 KO), of Trenton, N.J. Still, Valle remains confident that Andrade’s youth and conditioning will overcome the vastly more experienced pro.
“This close to the fight, you don’t want to throw a guy in to spar,” said Valle. “We’re just going to stick to our game plan and he’s going to have to adjust to us.”
The 35-year-old Cauthen, who won the lightweight bronze medal at the ’96 Games in Atlanta, has been inactive for over a year since winning a unanimous decision over Philip McCants in January. Cauthen has been a welterweight for most of his career but will be fighting at the junior middleweight limit for this bout. Cauthen’s two previous dalliances at the 154-pound division have resulted in knockout losses to Antonin Decarie and Sechew Powell.
ESPN.com‘s Dan Rafael originally broke the story that Ennis, of Philadelphia, Penn., had withdrawn from the bout citing an illness.
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