On Saturday at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island, the 2007 U.S. Amateur Champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius Andrade improved his record to (8-0, 6KO) by beating previously unbeaten Chris Chatman (4-1, 2KO) in front of his hometown fans. The bout was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions in association with Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
The 21-year-old Providence native Andrade, who is co- promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, and is widely considered to be boxing’ s next superstar, came out in the first using his noticeable size and reach advantage to score telling blows to both the body and head of Chatman.
At the weigh-in on Friday words were exchanged between the two fighters, which concluded with Andrade promising to punish and Chatman, and that’s just what he did, working off a crisp jab to continuously score vicious four and five punch combinations at will.
Andrade repeatedely, peppered Chatman from the outside. Chatman hung tough but he was outgunned by Andrade round after round. At the end of the day Andrade picked up another sensational victory, pitching a shut out on two of the three judges scorecards. For the highly touted Andrade this was his eighth fight as a professional in a little less than a year. Each time out he has been nothing less than spectacular and has showed why many boxing experts chose him as the top prospect to come out of the 2008 Olympics. Look for Andrade to be back in action very soon.
Photo by Star Boxing Photographer Marty Rosengarten