Demetrius Andrade was the most sought after Olympian following the 2008 Olympics. Anyone who witnessed him competing in the amateurs always said, as good as he was in the amateur ranks, he would only be that much better as a professional. As both of his co- promoters Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions have stated time and time again, "Demetrius has all the tools to be the next big superstar in boxing.
"Those tools, which include lightening quick hands, along with an excellent jab, and crisp combination punching to both the head and body, were all on display in his pro-debut, televised live nationally on Versus, Thursday October 23rd from the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. Andrade completely destroyed his opponent Patrick Cape, 4-3 (2), stopping him at :24 seconds of the second round.
Andrade, the first 2008 U.S. Olympian to make his pro-debut, came out stalking Cape from the opening bell, measuring his opponent up with his long jab. When Andrade got close enough he would unleash a devastating left hand right down the middle that repeatedly snapped Cape's head back and had him reeling just seconds into the fight.
Cape realizing that he would not stand a chance with Andrade by staying on the outside attempted to get in close and tie up Andrade. Showing tremendous poise and ring generalship, especially for someone making their pro- debut, Andrade would flurry while on the inside with crisp combinations to both the head and body not allowing his opponent to get a breather.
At the end of the first round with Cape holding his right arm, Andrade unleashed two thundering left hooks to the body, followed by an overhand left that dropped Cape for the count of nine. The left to the head was what put Cape down, but the second left hook to the body was the real damaging blow. Cape was literally saved by the bell as the round ended before the referee could signal the resumption of the ring hostilities.
Andrade began the second round going right at Cape looking to put him away. A straight left hand landed flush on Cape's jaw while was trying to pull away and Cape went down immediately. Rather then even start his count the referee called a halt to the contest at :24 seconds of the second round.
It was a great showing for the highly touted, former amateur world champion. Although it was just his first fight, for those watching it was hard to disagree with the notion that Andrade is truly something special. Look for Andrade to be back in action very shortly.