Undefeated junior middleweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is prepared to teach the art of boxing at the 11th annual “Fight To Educate” on Thursday evening, September 20 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Andrade, headlining the event for the third consecutive year, has been matched in the 10-round main event against Alexis “Hurricane” Hlores (16-6-2, 1 KO). “It’s great fighting again on the Fight To Educate card,” Andrade said. “Fighting in New Hampshire helps build my fan-base, plus I really enjoy helping kids through the charities that benefit from this fund-raising event. My manager, Ed Farris, is involved with the Fight To Educate people and, thanks to him, I’m fighting on this show for the third straight year.” Andrade is currently IBF #4, WBO #5, WBC #10 and WBA #13.
Andrade has shifted training camp, as well as his home, back to Providence from Orlando, Florida, largely because of a knee injury that’s kept him out of action since his May 5 fight.
“The knee area was inflamed from being overworked,” Andrade explained. “My quad-muscle and hamstring were too tight, restricting my movement. The two muscles caused tension in my knee area. I’m in New England, which is good for developing my fan-base, and close to my massage therapist. I’m not making the type money where I could fly her down to Florida to massage my muscles. I’m OK now because I had the knots in my muscles worked out.”
In other action, Cuban-born heavyweight Roberto Alfonso, a 2008 Olympian, makes his pro debut in a four-round bout against Jamal “Knockout” Woods (2-4, 2 KOs). Alfonso was the 2007 & 2008 National Champion. The 25-year-old won gold medals at the 2008 AIBA World Cup and 2007 Pan-American Games and undefeated junior middleweight Chris Gilbert (4-0, 3 KOs), of Windsor (VT), meets an opponent to be determined in another pro fight.