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Dublin's Luke Keeler beaten in Miami title fight against WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade


Demetrius Andrade punches Luke Keeler of Ireland

Demetrius Andrade punches Luke Keeler of Ireland

Demetrius Andrade punches Luke Keeler of Ireland

Irishman Luke Keeler couldn't pull off the upset in Miami early this morning, falling to a ninth-round stoppage by WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade.

But despite the disappointing outcome, 32-year-old Keeler took some positives from the performance, his first big tests at world level.

Speaking after the result, Keeler said: "It was my first fight at true world level and I think I completed at stages.

"I'm still learning from Pete Taylor, I've been a full-time pro for two years and I'll take it as a lesson.

"If I wasn't improving I wouldn't come back, I want to be world champion and I really feel I learned from the experience."

The Dubliner was knocked down by the first punch 'Boo Boo' threw, but recovered well in an aggressive first round.

But the writing was on the wall when Andrade dropped Keeler again in round 2 with a vicious right hand that could well have ended the fight.

The chasm in class didn't seem so deep in rounds 3-8, although Andrade began to take his foot off the gas and showboat.

But the stoppage did eventually come in the ninth as 'Cool Hand' now moves to 17-3-1 as a professional.

"He hit harder than I expected," Keeler admitted. "I didn't give him enough credit for that.

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"He is a great champion, he deserves to be there at the top of the Middleweight division but I did compete at stages.

"I didn't disgrace myself and I'm going home to Ireland with some pride."

The star-studded event, which included a snazzy red carpet for the countless celebs in attendance, was co-headlined by a YouTuber match-up between Jake Paul and AnEsonGib, which Paul won by a handy first round TKO after dropping his opponent three times.

In another bout of Irish interest, seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano all but set up her highly anticipated bout with Katie Taylor after dismantling Simone Da Silva inside three rounds.

Serrano insisted she was 'done carrying girls' after the 3rd round TKO, in which she barely even broke a sweat.

She is expected to sign a deal to fight Taylor in either Madison Square Garden's 'Hulu Theater' or The O2 in London.

Elsewhere on the card, Murodjon Akhmadaliev defeated Daniel Roman for the WBA and IBF World Super Bantamweight titles, while Joseph Diaz defeated Tevin Farmer for the IBF World Super Featherweight belt.

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