WBO middleweight title: Ireland's Luke Keeler outclassed by Demetrius Andrade
Irish boxer Luke Keeler was knocked to the canvas twice before a ninth-round stoppage ended his WBO middleweight title dream against Demetrius Andrade.
Keeler, a mandatory challenger, was dropped after only five seconds by the unbeaten American in Miami.
A second knockdown followed in the next round, however the 32-year-old battled on against a barrage of attacks.
Referee Telis Assimenios stopped the bout in the ninth round after a flurry of punches sent Keeler sprawling.
Dubliner Keeler earned the title shot after beating former US Boxing Association champion Luis Arias last year, however he struggled against Andrade from the off.
An aggressive approach by the Rhode Island boxer was rewarded in his first attack of the bout, with a swift right hand sending Keeler onto the canvas inside five seconds.
A second knockdown late in the following round looked like it would mean a quick finish at Island Gardens, however Keeler dug deep to see out the next six rounds.
However with one second remaining in the ninth, a strong right hook followed by a three-punch combination was enough for Assimenios to step in.
Andrade landed 146 punches compared to Keeler's 34, which highlighted the American's dominance despite being made to work for the stoppage.
The defeat was Keeler's third in 21 bouts while Andrade remains unbeaten after his 29th win.