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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Andrade may need the judges to beat Culcay

But Lemieux v Stevens could explode

American boxer Demetrius Andrade
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Andrade v Culcay
Sky Sports 2, 8pm Saturday
Lemieux v Stevens
BoxNation, 3am Sunday

Jack Culcay has been written off by bookmakers for his WBA world super-welterweight title clash with Demetrius Andrade but that doesn't faze him one bit.

"The odds for this fight just motivate me even more. Maybe I’ll go to the bookies and place a bet. That way, I won’t only derail the Andrade Express, but also make some money," said Culcay, a former European champion whose only defeat in 23 fights was by split-decision four years ago. 

Andrade, a former WBO champ at 154lbs, is a big step up in class but Culcay will have home advantage as the American travels to Germany for the fight. 

Andrade is undefeated as a professional and beat Culcay on his way to winning the world amateur championship in 2007.

However he has fought only twice since stopping Britain's Brian Rose in June 2014 and while he should be too good for Culcay, he might have to do it on the scorecards. 

Andrade is odds-on for a stoppage win but backing him on points looks better value. 

Eight of the Culcay's last nine fights have gone the full 12-round distance, and he recovered from a knockdown to beat Maurice Weber in 2015 which suggests he can dig in if the going gets tough. 

Three of Andrade's last five have also needed the judges, and with a lack of recent ring-time and a trip to Germany to handle Andrade may not be at his most devastating. 

One contest that looks set to explode is David Lemieux v Curtis Stevens, two massive punchers who are rarely in boring fights. 

Both men were stopped in eight rounds by Gennady Golovkin but they can dish it out too and have outstanding knockout ratios, especially Lemieux, who is known as pound-for-pound one of the hardest punchers on the planet. 

Canadian Lemieux is favourite, but the best bet could be to go under 9.5 total rounds and watch the sparks fly. 

Recommendations 
D Andrade on points
1pt 9-4 Betway
Lemieux v Stevens under 9.5 rounds
1pt 5-6 bet365

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