Terrance Cauthen will step in
Junior middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade, the former amateur world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian, will have to adjust to a new opponent on four days' notice.
Andrade was supposed to face Derek "Pooh" Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event of this week's "Friday Night Fights" card (ESPN2/ESPN.com, 9 ET) at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Conn. However, Star Boxing informed ESPN on Tuesday that Ennis had withdrawn due to a 103-degree fever.
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Matchmaker Ron Katz of Star Boxing, which co-promotes Andrade with Banner Promotions, worked quickly and replaced Ennis later Tuesday with Terrance Cauthen, a 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist.
"I'm lucky to get a guy with the pedigree of Cauthen on such short notice," Katz said. "It's not often you'll see two former Olympians fighting each other."
Cauthen (36-7, 9 KOs), a southpaw from Trenton, N.J., was available and near weight because he had been training for a fight on Jan. 21 on a card in New Jersey. However, Cauthen's opponent dropped out at the last minute and he did not fight.
Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs), 23, of Providence, R.I., had been training to face a right-hander in Ennis, so facing Cauthen presents a new look for him.
"He's not happy because he trained six weeks for a right-hander and now he is faced with a completely different style," Katz said. "But being the type of kid he is, he is stepping up to the plate. Some fighters can be a wuss about it, but he said if it's what he has to do, it's what he has to do."
Junior welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano (17-0, 8 KOs), 22, of Philadelphia squares off with Kenny Abril (11-4-1, 6 KOs), 27, of Rochester, N.Y., in the scheduled 10-round co-feature.
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