Boxing Result: Librado Andrade defeats Eric Lucas
By German Villasenor (May 29, 2010) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)  
North of the U.S. border, Mexico’s tough former world title challenger, Librado Andrade, 29-3 (22), got back on the winning side of the ledger, stopping the former WBC super middleweight titleholder Eric Lucas, 39-8-3 (15), at the end of eight rounds on Friday night’s ESPN2-televised main event at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

In only his second outing in the last four years, Quebec’s own Lucas faced a younger, stronger man in Andrade, who put
the pressure on early, walking behind stiff jabs and right hands. Lucas carefully picked his shots on the counter, jabbing and keeping Andrade on the tail end of shots at the end of the first round.

Lucas put on a flashy multiple-shot combination upstairs, raising the fans decibel level at the onset of the second round. Andrade got back to work, exchanging blows against the ropes. With the action getting back to center ring, both men looked to have warmed up to the task at hand.

After much blocking, both fighters got into the trenches, with uppercuts and short inside shots flying in the third round.

Andrade drew first blood, cutting Lucas above his right eye, but Lucas returned fire in the second half, driving the Mexican backward momentarily.

Lucas, who turned 39 the following day and has spent the last few years as a successful co-owner of Canada’s premier boxing promotion, Interbox, conserved energy for most of the next round, with Andrade staging a late-round rally to take the round.

Lucas’ face was a bloody mess with a new cut above the left eye as he was attended to by his cornerman in-between rounds.

After controlling the first half of the sixth frame, Andrade’s head resembled a bobblehead doll, as Lucas snapped his head all over the place, finding a home for long-range right hands by round’s end.

Getting nailed often with uppercuts, Lucas ended the following round with a bloody nose aside of the injuries above his eyes. Staging a late rally of his own, the French-Canadian looked spent as he walked back to his corner.

The heavy, thudding shots and pressure were too much in the eighth, when referee Michael Griffin halted the bout momentarily to have the doctor take a close look at Lucas’ left eye, which began pouring blood once more. The fight was allowed to continue to the bell.

With Lucas sitting on his stool, face covered with a bloody towel, the ringside doctor stepped in to stop the bout prior to the start of the ninth.

The crowd cheered as Andrade lifted up Lucas in a showing of sportsmanship. Lucas once again retired after the fight.

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