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Dan Hunter 17 Apr 2021
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Demetrius Andrade vs Liam Williams Tips 

Demetrius Andrade of the US will defend his WBO middleweight title for a fourth time when he takes on Liam Williams of Wales this Saturday night (April 17) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, California. There is genuine bad blood between these two, and both have been antagonizing each other during the build-up to this bout and during fight week, culminating in a volatile weigh-in on Friday.

A rangy 6’ southpaw, today Andrade shows little of the slick boxing style that served him so well as an amateur. Instead he fights with an awkward mixture of grappling and wild swings, mixed in with some points scoring right jabs. Andrade frequently accuses the big names in boxing such as Canelo Alvarez of avoiding him, but in truth he has done little to sell himself to the viewing public, and therefore brings little commercial value to someone like Canelo. 


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Andrade has complained about having to fight the likes of Liam Williams, and has been dismissive of the Welshman’s talents. Despite what Andrade says publicly, the American will be only too aware of the threat posed by the tough, powerful Williams. 

Andrade will need to be at his very best if he is to repel the rugged Welshman, but in this writer’s opinion even Andrade on his A-Game won’t be enough. I’m backing Liam Williams to stamp his authority on this bout early and gradually overpower Demetrius Andrade, stopping him late in the fight. 

  • Andrade WBO middleweight champion 
  • Andrade is 29-0
  • Williams ranked WBO no.2
  • Williams is 23-2-1 

Head to Head 


This will be the first time that Demetrius Andrade and Liam Williams face each other either as amateurs or professionals. They don’t appear to have shared the ring as sparring partners during their careers either. They do however share a common opponent in Alantez Fox, the 6’4” American middleweight contender.  

Andrade and Fox met in 2017 as unbeaten middleweight contenders in a WBO title eliminator that Andrade won by decision. In 2019 Fox faced Williams, again in a WBO eliminator, and the aggressive Brit overpowered him in five rounds, flooring him twice. 

Demetrius Andrade Form 


33-year old Demetrius Andrade (29-0, 18 KO’s) is a former highly decorated amateur who won a welterweight gold medal at the World Championships in 2007. As a pro Andrade is a two-weight world champion. In 2013 he won the vacant WBO light middleweight title with a split decision over a then undefeated Vanes Martirosyan, the tough, awkward American-Armenian. 

Andrade would defend that title just once, stopping Britain’s Brian Rose in seven rounds, before being stripped of it due to inactivity. Andrade had been offered a lucrative title defense against the undefeated Jermell Charlo, who along with his twin brother Jermall is a fearsome puncher, but for whatever reason had turned it down.

In 2018 Andrade won the vacant WBO middleweight title by outpointing Namibian Walter Kautondokwa. He has subsequently made three defenses of that title, against Russia’s Artur Akavov (TKO 12), Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (W 12) and Irishman Luke Keeler, whom Andrade stopped in nine rounds in January 2020, his last outing.

Liam Williams Form


28-year-old Liam Williams (23-2-1, 18 KO’s) is two inches shorter than Andrade at 5’10”, but is a natural middleweight, possesses a powerful muscular physique and may be the bigger man on the night. Williams began boxing at the age of nine and had an extensive amateur career, captaining the Welsh team in international tournaments where he won a host of medals and trophies.

Williams turned professional in 2011, and in 2013 his management made the (misguided) decision that he would compete at light middleweight. During this phase of his career, Williams won the British and Commonwealth light middleweight titles, but in 2017 he suffered his only two defeats, a ninth round stoppage defeat to former WBO champion Liam Smith, the fight ending when Williams suffered two severe cuts to his right eyelid.  Williams lost a majority decision to Smith in the rematch seven months later. 

Following those setbacks, Williams returned to middleweight, and after five straight KOs took on the beanpole American 160-pound contender Alantez Fox in a WBO title eliminator. The 6’4” Fox - who looks and fights like the much-lamented former world champion Paul Williams - had lost just one fight against Demetrius Andrade, and was the bookies favorite to defeat Williams. 

However, Williams overpowered Fox, standing his ground and fighting aggressively throughout, flooring Fox twice and stopping him in the fifth round. In his last fight in October 2020, Williams blasted out Andrew Robinson in one round. Williams hasn’t won a fight on points since 2013, and his subsequent 15 victories have all been inside the distance.

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Verdict

Demetrius Andrade is not adverse to getting “stuck in” and having an old-school tear up, like he did in his most recent fight against Luke Keeler. However, that will be his undoing against Liam Williams.
 
Williams is the kind of fighter who rises to the occasion. He loves to stand his ground and stay “in the pocket”, preferring to block oncoming shots and fire back ferociously than take a backward step, a tactic he applied so impressively against Alantez Fox, a fighter who floored Andrade and took him the distance.
 
I’m backing Liam Williams to TKO Demetrius Andrade late in the fight, from the ninth round on. The Welshman’s relentless pressure, slick boxing, fast hands and explosive punching power will prove too much for Andrade, who may even resort to dirty tactics and get himself disqualified.
Best Bet: Williams Winner @225.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Williams by KO/TKO/DQ Method Of Victory @300.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Williams Round 9-12 Round Group Betting @1000.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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