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Demetrius Andrade won the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Walter Kautondokwa of Namibia on Saturday.

Kautondokwa was a replacement for Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders tested positive for a stimulant in a drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency.

The WBO stripped Saunders of his title after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission declined to give him a license in a hearing on October 9.

Andrade [26-0, 16 knockouts] dropped Kautondokwa four times in the first four rounds, once in the first and third and twice in the fourth.

Demetrius Andrade celebrates after claiming the WBO middleweight title
Demetrius Andrade celebrates after claiming the WBO middleweight title
Two judges scored the fight 120-104, and the other had it 119-105.

Andrade, of Providence, Rhode Island, previously held junior middleweight titles in the WBO and World Boxing Association. He was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Kautondokwa, a 32-year-old WBO African middleweight champion, dropped to 17-1 with 16 knockouts.

Source: AP

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