The IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator bout between Donovan George (22-1-1,
19KOs) and Librado Andrade (30-4, 23Kos) is set to take place on December 17th in Mexico. The bout will be televised in Mexico as well as the US. Fight venue TBA.
Before Chicagoan Donovan George gets his shot at Lucian Bute’s IBF Title he’ll need to
exorcise a demon in his career. George’s sole defeat was at the hands of a big Mexican Super-Middleweight with long-arms named Francisco Sierra in 2010 on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Francisco Sierra was a last second replacement for George. Sierra came in well over the weight limit. George made a gutsy decision and chose to take the fight anyway. There’s a rule in boxing, never give up weight to a heavy-handed fighter and Sierra is a knock out artist. George was hurt several times in the bout, knocked down then dropped again after the bell in the seventh. The fight ended in a technical decision in favor of Sierra. Six months later George obliterated undefeated-prospect Cornelius White inside of one round. It began with crackling George right-cross which floored White. George then bombarded White putting him down twice more before the bout was called. In April, George dominated Maxwell Taylor for 7 rounds before stopping him in the 8th to claim the USBA Super Middleweight title. In many ways George is resurrected. He’s riding a two fight KO streak and ranked #4 in the world by the IBF.
Enter Librado Andrade. Andrade is a big Mexican Super-Middleweight with long-arms, good power and a granite-chin. Andrade has been to the mountain-top. In 2007 he battled Mike Kessler in an action-packed title-fight—losing a unanimous decision. Many in the boxing world believe Andrade knocked out Lucian Bute in their 2008 title-fight. Bute was given 18 seconds to recover after being battered around the ring and collapsing into the corner. The bout concluded before Andrade could finish the job. Yet, in their 2009 rematch Bute devastated Andrade in the 4th round—knocking him down with a perfectly timed left cross. Later in the round Bute KO’d Andrade with a beauteous left upper-cut to the liver. Since then Andrade has been defeated by journeymen Aaron Pryor Jr. though more recently Andrade KO’d the limited Matt O’Brien.
The winner of the Donovan George Librado Andrade title eliminator will ascend to
challenge Lucian Bute for his coveted IBF world title. The definitive questions entering the contest are: at age 33, does Andrade have enough left in the tank to contend for another world title? Or, can George exorcise this sole demon in his career and defeat the only man to have a claim at beating Lucian Bute?
Tune in December 17th to find out.