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Demetrius Andrade became the first 2008 US Olympian to capture a world championship with his win over Vanes Martirosyan.
On Saturday night, Demetrius Andrade clearly dominated a fight that many expected to be close and tough to score, winning a ridiculous split-decision over Vanos Martirosyan and the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship.
It was ridiculous, almost entirely, because judge Javier Alvarez somehow found a way to score seven rounds for Martirosyan and award him the win on his card by a 115-112 score. How bad was that card? It was simply awful, and in a boxing year full of atrocious scoring in some high-profile fights, it definitely ranks up there with the biggest stinkers.
For context, Bleacher Report scored the bout 116-111 for Andrade and awarded him nine of the 12 rounds.
Luckily for Andrade, the other two judges actually watched the fight and awarded him an all-too-narrow split decision and his first world title.
The 2008 U.S. Olympian utilized his superior speed and boxing ability to carry much of the fight and beat the biggest name opponent of his career.
But did we learn more about Andrade, who did look good, or Martirosyan, who was listless and settled, from Round 1 and looking for one or two big shots per round and little else? Vanes simply didn't seem interested in the fight, and despite a power edge, he looked content to allow Andrade to just outwork him.
So it's hard to determine how much of last night's performance can be attributed to Andrade being good and how much to Martirosyan being bad.
Both guys were considered protected prospects coming into the fight, and it's probably going to take more from Andrade to shed that label.