Librado Andrade Ornelas (born September 2, 1978) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2013, and challenged three times for a super middleweight world title between 2007 and 2009. His brother Enrique Ornelas is also a professional boxer.
Though ranked in the top twenty-five in the division for the last couple of years, Andrade has faced little real opposition leading up to his bout against WBA/WBC champion Mikkel Kessler. Prior to the Kessler fight, he was best known for his first round knockout of former contender Richard Grant and defeating former middleweight champion Otis Grant. He also gained some recognition for being asked to be Bernard Hopkins sparring partner in preparation for Hopkins' rematch with Jermain Taylor. Andrade declined this request at the behest of his manager Al Haymon, who told Andrade: "You can't have the mentality of being a helper for another fighter. You have to have the mentality of a champion.". In 2005, Kessler himself had used Andrade for a three-round sparring session while training in Los Angeles for a fight with Anthony Mundine.
In the Kessler fight, Andrade showed an incredible ability to endure an all-out assault. Kessler landed 348 punches, almost all to the head of Andrade. Throughout the punishment, Andrade showed no facial, or mental wear and tear and continued to press the fight each round by coming forward, at Kessler. Prior to the last round, the two fighters, in a rare display of respect in boxing, embraced each other rather than simply touching gloves. The judges at ringside, Tom Kaczmarek, Tom Miller and John Keane, all had the bout score 120-108 in favor of Mikkel Kessler. The fight was aired live on HBO's Boxing After Dark.
On March 22, 2008, Andrade scored the biggest victory of his career against former IBF number one contender Robert Stieglitz of Germany. Andrade dominated the fight from the opening round with uppercuts and body shots that left Stieglitz continually on the defensive. Landing a solid right in the eighth round, Stieglitz was left staggered. Andrade followed up with flurry of shots that led to referee stop the fight, giving Andrade a TKO victory. As this was an eliminator bout, Andrade has been lined up for a fight with IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute.
Andrade vs. Bute
The IBF championship fight on October 24, 2008 saw Bute dominate nearly every round. Andrade demonstrated his endurance but could not break Bute's strategy. However, in the 12th round, Andrade landed several effective combinations that rendered Bute groggy and exhausted. Bute nearly hit the canvas a couple of times on his own and finally got knocked down by a strong right hand with two seconds left. Controversy ensued as the referee Marlon B. Wright interrupted the count to warn Andrade, because according to his interpretation, Andrade did not remain in a neutral corner. After the fight, the referee declared that in his opinion, Bute would not have beaten the count had Andrade not moved out of his neutral corner to gain an unfair advantage. Andrade said: “He ( Bute ) was clearly out. It was outrageous! If this is the way to lose a fight, then this is the way I want to lose. I know I won the fight because I came with the intent to knock him out and I did.”
Andrade defeated Vitali Tsypko in Montreal on April 4, 2009, in an IBF Super Middleweight eliminator, thus prompting a rematch with Lucian Bute, which took place November 28, 2009 in Quebec City.
Bute defeated Andrade by KO in the fourth round in the following rematch, by an uppercut to the body, which followed shortly after a left jab knocked Andrade out the floor for the first time.
In Quebec City on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, Librado beat Eric Lucas. The fight was stopped due to cuts over Eric's left eye, Andrade was leading on all three scorecards.
Professional boxing record
|36 fights||31 wins||5 losses|
|36||Win||31–5||Jesus Ortega||TKO||2 (8), 1:16||Jun 15, 2013||Park Nave 1, Villahermosa, Mexico|
|35||Loss||30–5||Rowland Bryant||TKO||3 (10), 2:19||Apr 21, 2012||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|34||Win||30–4||Matt O'Brien||TKO||3 (12), 2:20||Aug 27, 2011||Centro de Espectáculos, León, Mexico||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title|
|33||Loss||29–4||Aaron Pryor Jr.||MD||10||May 6, 2011||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|32||Win||29–3||Éric Lucas||RTD||8 (10), 3:00||May 28, 2010||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|31||Loss||28–3||Lucian Bute||KO||4 (12), 2:57||Nov 28, 2009||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||For IBF super middleweight title|
|30||Win||28–2||Vitali Tsypko||UD||12||Apr 4, 2009||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|29||Loss||27–2||Lucian Bute||UD||12||Oct 24, 2008||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For IBF super middleweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Robert Stieglitz||TKO||8 (12), 1:53||Mar 22, 2008||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.|
|27||Win||26–1||Yusaf Mack||TKO||7 (12), 2:34||Oct 6, 2007||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant USBA super middleweight title|
|26||Win||25–1||Ted Muller||TKO||2 (8), 1:48||Jul 21, 2007||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|25||Loss||24–1||Mikkel Kessler||UD||12||Mar 24, 2007||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||For WBA (Super) and WBC super middleweight titles|
|24||Win||24–0||Richard Grant||KO||1 (10), 2:49||Sep 15, 2006||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Otis Grant||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||Apr 8, 2006||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|22||Win||22–0||Nicolas Cervera||TKO||3 (10), 1:09||Feb 4, 2005||UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Thomas Reid||TKO||4 (10), 1:52||Dec 16, 2004||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Latino super middleweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Vitali Kopitko||TKO||2 (10), 0:27||Sep 30, 2004||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Tito Mendoza||UD||12||Jun 24, 2004||Bren Events Center, Irvine, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO super middleweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Willie Stewart||UD||12||Mar 19, 2004||Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.||Won vacant WBA–NABA super middleweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Leonard Townsend||TKO||2 (10), 3:00||Nov 6, 2003||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Eduardo Ayala||TKO||7 (10)||Jul 10, 2003||Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Errol Banner||KO||2 (6), 0:32||Apr 17, 2003||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Juan Carlos Barreto||TKO||1 (6), 2:40||Feb 28, 2003||Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Shannon Miller||TKO||2 (6), 2:29||Sep 28, 2002||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Pat Lawlor||TKO||2 (6), 3:00||Jun 24, 2002||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Ruben Perez||UD||6||Sep 27, 2001||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Jimmy Hagar||UD||6||Jun 19, 2001||Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Harold Lowe||KO||2 (4), 1:45||May 24, 2001||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Eric Benito Tzand||KO||3 (6), 0:45||Mar 29, 2001||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Sheridan Page||KO||1 (4), 2:06||Jan 18, 2001||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Marcus Harvey||UD||4||Aug 17, 2000||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Bernard Temple||TKO||4 (4), 2:59||May 18, 2000||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Terry Smith||KO||2 (4)||Apr 13, 2000||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Paul Jones||KO||4 (4)||Feb 3, 2000||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||George Johnson||KO||1 (4)||Dec 2, 1999||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Marcus Harvey||UD||4||Aug 14, 1999||Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, California, U.S.|
Andrade was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. His family emigrated to La Habra, California when he was ten years old. Andrade was previously married and has two children.
During an HBO telecast of his fight against Yusaf Mack, it was reported that Andrade lost 14 of his 16 amateur bouts. At one point, Andrade worked the morning shifts at a Jack in the Box fast food restaurant while training at the gym in the afternoon.