Demetrius Andrade thought the world of the late Muhammad Ali

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Demetrius Andrade/Photo courtesy of Banner Promotions

 

Junior middleweight Demtrius Andrade this past Saturday ran his record to 23-0 with 16 knockouts by decking Willie Nelson four times, eventually stopping Nelson in the 12th round at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.

A few days before the fight, Andrade was asked to talk about Muhammad Ali. By the time Andrade was done, it was easy to determine what he thought of Ali, who died June 3 at age 74.

“Muhammad Ali certainly shook the world, and not only in boxing,” Andrade said. “He was colorful; nobody talked like him. He helped boxers, too. Ali is the reason Floyd (Mayweather, Jr.) is who he is because Ali set the bar high.

“As an entertaining boxer, Ali brought blacks and whites together and later he spread the word about religion, culture and his other diverse interests.”
There was one more thing.
“What young boxer didn’t do the Ali Shuffle?” Andrade said. “I know I did, and taunted my opponents like him, too.”

Andrade, 28, is from Providence, R.I. He is a former WBO champion who was stripped of his belt for inactivity.

 

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Two area heavyweights to fight Friday night in Boxcino tourney on ESPN2

Promoter Artie Pelullo/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com

A week ago Friday it was the junior middleweight division that took center stage in the Boxcino tournament staged by longtime promoter Artie Pelullo and his Banner Promotions. Tonight (Friday) at 6 on ESPN2, it’s the heavyweights and there are two area boxers involved – Razvan Cojanu and Andrey Fedosov.

Cojanu, of Burbank via Romania, is 12-1 with seven knockouts. He’ll take on Ed “Tex” Fountain (10-0, 4 KOs) of Ferguson, Mo., in a quarterfinals bout.

Fedosov, of Hollywood via Russia, is 25-3 with 20 knockouts. He’ll square off against Nate “Heaven Sent” Heavern (9-1, 7 KOs) of Ocala, Fla.

The bouts will take place at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. The winners will advance to the semifinals in April.

All tournament bouts will be televised by ESPN2, with the champions being crowned with regional titles. They’ll also earn top-10 rankings in two of the four major governing bodies.

 

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Ruslan Provodnikov admits he ‘sniffed glue’ as a young man in Russia

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Ruslan Provodnikov (left) will defend his title Saturday against Chris Algieri. (Photo courtesy of Banner Promotions)

Ruslan Provodnikov, who will defend his junior welterweight belt Saturday against Chris Algieri at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on HBO), was very candid recently when talking about his younger days in Russia.

“I did not have an easy time growing up in Siberia,” Provodnikov said. “I don’t know where my childhood friends are now. Most are probably in jail. I stole food, sniffed glue, smoked and drank. My amateur boxing coach saved my life and helped to redirect my life toward being a productive person.”

Provodnikov, 30, is a real brute in the ring. He is 23-2 with 16 knockouts and has become one of the more vicious fighters out there.

Algieri, of Huntington, N.Y., is 19-0 with eight knockouts.

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