The Weekend Wrap-Up Apr 25, 2011

 Friday ESPN2 Uncasville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino,Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 knockouts) vs. Omar Bell (8-1, 5 knockouts): This looks like an easy one for Andrade who is moving pretty slow for a prospect. Andrade looks like he could be really good but he could be fighting more often. He fought 7 times in 2009 but only 3 last year. Now he is on fight number two and the year is almost half over. I see a knockout here. Bell has been knocked out before and by someone not as good as Andrade. The only thing that bothers me is how bad Andrade looked in his last fight.My pick: Andrade KO in 6.

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