It looks like former 154-pound title challenger Angel Hernandez will replace Terrance Cauthen as the opponent for Demetrius Andrade in this week’s Friday Night Fights main event at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., according to a press release from Star Boxing, the co-promoter of the ESPN2-televised card.
Cauthen was to fill-in for Andrade’s original opponent Derek Ennis, who had to withdraw from the bout because he has the flu, but the 1996 U.S. Olympian, who accepted the bout yesterday, pulled out Wednesday morning without explanation.
Hernandez, a 40-bout veteran from Chicago, has as much experience as Cauthen, plus a more fan-friendly style.
“We’re very fortunate to find a solid veteran like Angel Hernandez as a late replacement,” Andrade’s co-promoter Joe DeGuardia said in the press release. “He’s been in with some of the best and beaten the likes of Juan Carlos Candelo, Frankie Randall, James McGirt, Larry Marks, and Antwun Echols. We expect him to be a solid test for Demetrius.”
Hernandez (30-10, 17 knockouts) lost a unanimous decision to then-IBF junior middleweight beltholder Winky Wright in 2003 in his only shot at a major world title. The 36-year-old pressure fighter has fought in numerous bouts for minor titles and will do so again when he takes on Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs) as their scheduled 10-round bout is for the vacant NABO 154-pound belt.