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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.

BoxingScene.com 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.

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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 BoxingScene.com. 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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