Andrade-Falcao Fight to Be Part of HBO Tripleheader July 21

By Keith Idec

HBO’s boxing broadcast July 21 from Las Vegas will be a tripleheader after all. has learned that a middleweight match that’ll pit undefeated Demetrius Andrade against Yamaguchi Falcao will be added to the two fights HBO announced Friday. An agreement is in place for the Andrade-Falcao fight and an announcement is imminent.

Andrade-Falcao has been in the works for several weeks. When it wasn’t revealed as part of the telecast Friday, however, it prompted speculation that the fight wouldn’t take place.


The 30-year-old Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), a 2008 Olympian from Providence, Rhode Island, soundly defeated Alantez Fox (23-1-1, 11 KOs) in his last fight, a 12-rounder October 21. HBO televised the Andrade-Fox fight from Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The 30-year-old Falcao (15-0, 7 KOs, 1 NC), a 2012 Olympian from Sao Paulo, Brazil, most recently beat Colombia’s Richard Gutierrez (30-18-2, 19 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision in an eight-rounder March 31 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Andrade, a highly skilled southpaw and two-time super welterweight champion, will be by far the toughest opponent of Falcao’s four-year pro career.

The main event of HBO’s three-bout broadcast July 21 will be a 12-rounder between newly crowned WBO super welterweight champ Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) and mandatory challenger Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs).

Mexico’s Munguia, 21, replaced England’s Smith, 29, on short notice and knocked out Sadam Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) in the fourth round to win the WBO 154-pound title May 12 at Turning Stone. Smith withdrew from his fight against Ali due to a skin condition that prevented him from training.

This HBO tripleheader also will include a 12-round, 130-pound title bout that’ll match Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) against Ghana’s Rafael Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs). Mensah, 27, is the No. 1 contender for the 27-year-old Machado’s WBA super featherweight title.

The three aforementioned fights will be part of a card at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by animelive on 06-29-2018

People claim that some of the current champions like GGG have a badly managed career when he earns tens of millions. This is what a badly managed career looks like and this is the reality for hundreds if not thousands…

Comment by Mammoth on 06-28-2018

:( :( Cancelled

Comment by KingWiked on 06-27-2018

Let's not forget Andrade was out for 2 years, he's called out da Charlos so it's not like he's ducking anyone. His style is similar to Crawford, he beat Keith Thurman in da amateurs & he has a silver AND…

Comment by theface07 on 06-27-2018

Jesus christ, what is Andrade doing? He keeps calling out the title holders and top ranked contenders and then he fights a frigin' Brazilian prospect! This guy is wasting his prime and going nowhere soon. At this rate he's on…

Comment by chepboxingking on 06-27-2018

Andrade is done. Could and should be fighting top opposition, but for some odd reason, he always face guys like falcao and Fox. I'm dont believing in this dude

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