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Demetrius Andrade fights at the Verizon Wireless Arena,

Demetrius Andrade fights at the Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire vs. Alexis Hlores on September 12, 2012. (Credit: Star Boxing / Double B Publicity)

Undefeated middleweight Demetrius Andrade will have a golden opportunity to prove to the boxing world he is a contender. And he’s going to do it on Long Island on Friday night on ShoBox when he takes on Freddy Hernandez (30-3, 20 KOs) in a 10-round bout at The Paramount in Huntington.

Considered one of the top young middleweights, Andrade (18-0, 13 KOs) has been training with Virgil Hunter, the 2011 BWAA Trainer of the Year.

“I’ve been training at Virgil’s private gym in Hayward, California,” said Andrade. “I knew Virgil from him being in the amateur program and I just reached out to him. He’s a stand-up guy and everything’s going smoothly. We’re just taking it one step at a time, just getting in shape for this fight.”

Hunter was more than willing to train Andrade for what could be his toughest fight.

“All coaches get their fair share of calls, and I get some, too,'” Hunter said. “Demetrius called me and we started talking. I'd been aware of him because he was an Olympian and knew he was a good kid, but once we met I was most definitely very pleased to make his acquaintance. I enjoy working with him.”

A 2007 Gold Medal winner in the word championships and a 2008 Olympian, Andrade had an excellent amateur career with wins over Austin Trout and Danny Jacobs. Andrade has scored knockouts in each of his last three fights, including a second-round TKO of Alexis Hloros.

Hunter is convinced Andrade has the tools to be a star.

"Demetrius' dad did a terrific job with him. He's a great kid with a great personality and he wants to succeed,” said Hunter. “I think he has unlimited potential and everything it takes to not only be a future champion but an ambassador for the sport. There's really a lot of upside to Demetrius. It's just a matter of time.''

Andrade may not have an easy time with Hernandez, though. Hernandez has wins over DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley and Luis Collazo. Hernandez fell to Erislandy Lara in a 10-round decision on June. 20.

"I'm not much of a talker outside of the ring, I'd rather just let my fight inside do the talking for me,'' said Hernandez.

Raymond Serrano (18-1, 8 KOs) will fight Emmanuel Taylor (15-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight co-feature

The event is promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions.

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