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NEW YORK -- Junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade didn't want to just retain his belt against mandatory challenger Brian Rose.
Andrade also wanted to look impressive doing it in order to make his case that he deserves to face the bigger names in his division, including the likes of Canelo Alvarez and champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although facing a heavy underdog, Andrade was explosive and impressive as he destroyed Rose in a one-sided seventh-round knockout on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the co-feature of the card headlined by junior welterweight titlist Ruslan Provodnikov's defense against Chris Algieri.
"I'm the best in the world," Andrade said. "I was taking my time and my power was affecting him. I took Round 5 off to see the openings, the sixth round I picked it up, and the seventh round he had to go."
Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island, started fast, almost immediately dropping Rose, 29, of England, with a straight left hand in the first round. He could barely miss with the left as Rose rarely moved his head and displayed little defense.
In the third round, Andrade, who was making the first defense of the vacant 154-pound title he won by decision against Vanes Martirosyan in November, dropped Rose (25-2-1, 7 KOs) again, this time clobbering him with a right hook.
In between the knockdowns, Andrade strafed him with combinations to the head and body, opened a bloody cut on the bridge of his nose and landed almost at will.
It got even worse for Rose in the seventh round as Andrade -- who predicted a knockout -- battered him all over the ring, prompting his corner to throw in the towel just as referee Michael Griffin was intervening at 1 minute, 19 seconds.
"I earned my right to be here, but he was better than I thought he would be," Rose said. "He may be one of the best out there in the game. I just couldn't keep up with him and I couldn't keep him off of me."
Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2007 world amateur champion, landed 149 of 452 punches (33 percent) while Rose, whose 11-fight winning streak ended, was limited to landing just 30 of 179 blows (17 percent).
Long Island light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (24-0, 13 KOs) of Long Beach, New York, dominated New Yorker Elvir Muriqi (40-7, 24 KOs), who is originally from Kosovo, to win a lopsided 10-round decision in an entertaining fight.
He won 99-91 on two scorecards and 98-91 on the third.
Top Rank, Monaghan's promoter, is hoping to lure light heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) of Germany to the United States to defend his belt against Monaghan in New York in the fall.
Monaghan, one of the metro New York region's most popular ticket sellers, controlled the fight from the outset. Younger, quicker and stronger, he landed hard body shots from the outset and also tagged Muriqi with right hands. Muriqi, 35, could mount little offense as Monaghan, 32, consistently drove Muriqi into the ropes and let his hands go.
In the fourth round, Monaghan dropped Muriqi with a clean right hand to the face in the final seconds. Muriqi had thrown a right hand of his own, Monaghan dodged it and countered with the shot. Muriqi was OK and slammed the ropes with his gloves when he returned to his corner out of frustration.
Muriqi cut Monaghan over both eyes in the ninth round and the cuts bled badly throughout the 10th round but it was too little too late for Muriqi.
Muriqi was coming off a lopsided 10-round decision loss in West Orange, New Jersey, on Jan. 31 to Australia's Blake Caparello, who on Saturday landed an Aug, 2 shot at world titleholder Sergey Kovalev.
• Lightweight Fedor Papazov (15-1, 10 KOs) of Russia drilled Miguel Angel Mendezoa (21-4-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico, knocking him out with a hard overhand right in the third round. Although Mendoza made it to his feet, the ringside doctor ordered the bout to be stopped and it was called off 46 seconds into the round.
Papazov dominated the fight. He was landing many uppercuts and right hands against Mendoza, who offered little in return.
Papazov was coming off a six-round decision loss in February in the quarterfinals of ESPN's Boxcino lightweight tournament. He lost to eventual tournament champion Petr Petrov.
Mendoza was also in the Boxcino tournament, losing a six-round split decision in his quarterfinal bout to Miguel Angel Gonzalez.
• Junior featherweight Heather Hardy (10-0, 2 KOs) of Brooklyn got a seventh-round technical split decision against Jackie Trivilino (9-8-3, 1 KO) of Plattsburgh, New York, in a fight she appeared to lose.
The scheduled eight-round bout was stopped after the seventh round when Hardy was unable to continue due to a badly swollen and cut right eye caused by an accidental head-butt in the second round. Two judges scored the fight for Hardy, 68-65 and 67-66, while the third judge had it 67-66 for Trivilino, who took it to Hardy throughout the fight, backed her up and appeared to dominate long stretches. In the third round alone, Trivilino threw 120 punches -- and rounds in women's fights are only two minutes each -- according to CompuBox statistics.
Hardy's eye was examined by the ringside doctor after the third round and it finally began bleeding in the fourth. Trivilino lost her third fight in a row.
Although the Barclays Center has hosted boxing regularly since October 2012, shortly after it opened, this was the first female bout held at the arena.
• Middleweight Chris Galeano (4-0, 0 KOs) of the Bronx outslugged Malik Jackson (0-3-3, 0 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey, in a crowd-pleasing four-round bout. Jackson was in the fight all the way, but Galeano was a bit more precise with his punches, winning 40-46, 39-37 and 39-37.
• Brooklyn middleweight Simeon Hardy (13-0, 10 KOs) dropped Malcolm Terry (6-2, 6 KOs) of Memphis twice in a one-sided second-round knockout victory. Hardy bombed away at Terry, dropping him the first round and finishing him with a flush right hand in the second round. He went down hard and referee Steve Willis called off the fight without a count at 1 minute, 2 seconds.