The official weigh-in for this Friday night's ShoBox: The New Generation double-header was held Thursday afternoon. 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (18-0, 13 KOs), of Providence, R.I., puts his unbeaten record on the line against former world title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-3, 20 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., in the 10-round junior middleweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader, Friday, Jan. 25, from The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
Junior welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-1, 8 KOs), of Philadelphia, meets Emmanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor (15-1, 10 KOs), of Edgewood, Md., in the 10-round co-feature. The doubleheader is promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions.
Weights: Andrade tipped the scale at 154.2 pounds, Hernandez, 154. Serrano weighed 141.6 pounds, Taylor 140.6.
Andrade and Hernandez participated in a public workout Thursday at Modell's Sporting Goods in Times Square before joining the other fighters for the weigh-in at the New York State Athletic Commission Office in Lower Manhattan.
What the ShoBox fighters said Thursday:
“It is important to win and of course people want to see a good performance. I haven't done anything differently for this fight but I know he's a good fighter and I'm ready.
“Now that I’m working with (new trainer) Virgil (Hunter) there’s a little more structure going on and just having all the right resources.
“Fighting on a premium television channel like SHOWTIME is a step up. I know my family will be coming and watching.”
“I have experience but he's young and I know that I'm the test and that I won't be an easy test for him. I think a key is for me to fight him on the inside because he’s taller. I know that he likes to fight from a distance.
“I’ve been training well like always but this time we’ve been working a lot more on movement so I think that will be good
“I am fighting for my wife (Alma Grajales) today because it’s her birthday. And of course I’m fighting for my biggest motivation, my son (Freddy III).”
“This is a must-win in my career right now to be considered a contender. I know I want it to be impressive since I'm on SHOWTIME and it’s a big stage. I'm excited to be back. I miss the ring.
“It’s been a blessing for me to get the opportunity to be able to work with Barry Hunter. It’s just great training with him; they have a great team.
“I made a mistake in my last fight and I paid for it. I worked hard at those mistakes and believe in myself. Basically I’m still working and training hard and I'm still the same fighter.‘’
“This fight means a lot to me. I've been working hard in the gym. I'm excited, anxious and nervous but I’m ready to show the world what I’ve got so I can keep going forward.
“This fight is going to be really rough. I'm going to make it rough for him. The key is to use my jab at times and my overhead right.”
Andrade vs. Hernandez, a 10-round bout for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Junior Middleweight Title will take place Friday, January 25 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. In a matchup of once-beaten junior welterweights in the televised 10-round co-feature, Raymond Serrano of Philadelphia meets Emmanuel Taylor of Edgewood, Md. The off-TV undercard will feature numerous Long Island prospects including Cletus Seldin, Raul Nuncio and Alan Gotay.