Two weight world champion Demetrius Andrade will get a real test in the 160lb division when he faces Poland's Maciej Sulecki on June 29th at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Sulecki is always in good fights and looks like a fighter that raises his game when pitched against A-grade opposition.
Sulecki's sole loss was by unanimous decision to Daniel Jacobs in a 12 rounder at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York a year ago. Jacobs needed every tool in the box to hold off the Pole and a 12th round knockdown sealed the win for the New York native.
Andrade who won the title against unknown Namibian Walter Kautondokwa in October 2018 has a similar skill level to Jacobs but is a southpaw to boot. Unbeaten in 27 bouts, the former WBO Super-welterweight champion has yet to face a marquee name in either division, probably the most notable win at the time was over Vanes Martirosyan for the vacant WBO 154lb title in 2013. Andrade also won the WBA version with a disputed 12 round split decision in Germany against Jack Culcay in 2017.
Since winning the vacant middleweight title fromKautondokwa, the champion has made a single defence against Artur Akavov, scoring a final round stoppage to retain the title.
Sulecki's breakthrough win was in a matchup of unbeaten contenders against Hugo Centeno Jr in 2016, winning by 10th and final round Tko. Fighting his next 2 bouts at home in Poland, Sulecki returned to the US to face Jack Culcay in October 2017, winning a unanimous decision over 10 rounds and earning him the Jacobs fight.
In his last bout, Sulecki was winning clearly against perennial contender Gabriel Rosado scoring knockdowns in the 1st and 8th rounds, only for Rosado to rally and to put the Pole on the floor 3 times in the 9th round, only to lose on all three judges scorecards.
Andrade must be the favourite going into the fight but he may have some tough moments to get through against a big strong middleweight who can box and apply steady pressure. Sulecki is not a big puncher but does seem to have added some weight to his punches in the latter half of his career scoring 8 stoppages in his last 11 bouts, but with hometown support and the possibility of a mega-money bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on the horizon, I can see Andrade picking up enough points with constant movement and that excellent southpaw jab to retain his title on points.