Junior middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade knocked out badly faded former title challenger Angel Hernandez in the second round of a Friday Night Fights main event from Uncasvile, Conn.
Andrade (16-0, 11 knockouts) found the noggin of the 40-fight veteran to be an easy target in the first round, but he ended the much-criticized replacement bout with a body shot in the second round. Andrade, a tall and rangy southpaw from Providence, R.I., hurt Hernandez with a right hook midway through the second round and then sent the Chicagoan to the canvas with a grazing left cross.
Hernandez (30-11, 17 KOs), an always game pressure fighter who lost a decision to then 154-pound beltholder Winky Wright back in 2003, got up but he was rocked back onto his heels with a big left. Andrade took a step back and landed a follow-up left to the body that dropped Hernandez again. Referee Steve Smoger wisely waved the bout off at 1:39 of the round without a count.
Hernandez was a late-week substitute for late-sub Terrance Cauthen who briefly stepped in for Andrade’s original opponent Derek Ennis, who pulled out sick on Wednesday.
Hernandez, who had lost his last three bouts, wasn’t expected to test the talented 2008 U.S. Olympian and he didn’t.
Andrade, who is only 23, says he will soon be ready for top-10 contenders, and named junior middleweight standouts Saul Alvarez, James Kirkland, and Erislandy Lara, as well as middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In the co-featured bout of the ESPN2 boradcast, junior welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano got up from a knockdown to score a 10-round unanimous decision over Kenny Abril.
Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs), who won by scores of 97-93 (twice) and 95-94, was the harder puncher and the aggressor throughout the bout, but the 22-year-old Philadelphia native was wide with his power shots, which enabled Abril (11-5-1, 6 KOs) to drop him with a stiff jab in third round.
Abril, a 27-year-old southpaw from Rochester, N.Y., who came in a few pounds heavy for the fight, spent time in a sauna before the weighin. He may have drained himself trying to make the contracted 143 pounds (he came in a pound and half over the limit), and thus did not seem willing to let his hands go until late in the bout.
Abril, who moved for most of the bout, had his moments in the middle rounds and even stoodd and trade in the late rounds, but Serrano still outworked him down the stretch.