Gabe Rosado Calls Out Demetrius Andrade
By: Hans Themistode
After spending countless years chasing his world title dreams, Gabriel Rosado believes he’s closer than ever before to checking it off his boxing bucket list.
At the tail end of 2020, Rosado was steadfast in his belief that he was given a raw deal. Just a few days after enjoying the Thanksgiving holidays, Rosado attempted to put his rivalry with Daniel Jacobs to bed. Although he was forced to settle for a split decision loss, the Philadelphia native views that defeat as a win due to the controversial nature of the scorecards.
In an effort to continue his climb up the championship ladder, Rosado scored a knockout of the year contender against the highly touted Bektemir Melikuziev on June 19th, 2021. In his next trip to the ring, Rosado waged a 12 round war against Jaime Munguia. Though he came up woefully short, losing a wide unanimous decision, Rosado is now aiming his sights on one of the middleweight division’s longest-reigning champions.
“Eddie Hearn, let’s make a firefight!” Said Rosado on his social media account. “Demetrius Andrade got the belt, and I got the fans!!!”
For Andrade, the recent call out from Rosado follows an unwanted trend. The current WBO 160 pound belt holder has long been hoping to secure more high-profile showdowns against the likes of WBC champion Jermall Charlo, IBF belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin or newly crowned undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
Despite begging and pleading with some of the bigger names in or around his weight class to take him on, Andrade has been forced to face opponents ranked lower on the totem pole. In his most recent action, Andrade made quick work of fringe contender Jason Quigley, stopping him in two rounds.
Although the 31-year-old has prided himself on defending his middleweight crown against all comers, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Andrade could opt to move up in weight. The reason behind Andrade’s sudden decision stems from the WBO sanctioning body mandating a showdown between Andrade and Janibek Alimkhanuly.
While Hearn respects the undefeated Alimkhanuly and the overall skills he brings to the table, the long-time promoter admitted that he would much rather see Andrade in a more significant contest in 2022.
Janibek Alimkhanuly On Looming Demetrius Andrade Showdown: “This Will Be The Easiest Fight Of My Career”
By: Hans Themistode
Quietly but assuredly, Janibek Alimkhanuly has made his way up the middleweight ranks. The 28-year-old Kazakhstan native wrapped up a banner 2021 with a one-sided stoppage win over former middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
Though N’Jikam has been both durable and respected throughout his career, the 37-year-old was out of his league against Alimkhanuly. After hitting the deck in the third round of their contest at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alimkhanuly spent the duration of their contest punishing his man, resulting in an eighth-round stoppage.
Shortly following the win, Alimkhanuly was elevated by the WBO as its mandatory challenger to current belt holder Demetrius Andrade. The 33-year-old slick-hitting champion first captured his world title in 2018. Since then, Andrade has run through his competition, successfully defending his crown five times, three of which came before the final bell.
Most recently, Andrade made quick work of fringe contender Jason Quigley, violently stopping him in the second at the SNHU Arena in Manchester. Despite how impressive Andrade has looked throughout his career, Alimkhanuly is confident that a showdown between them would be incredibly one-sided.
“Everyone knows that I will knock out Andrade,” said Alimkhanuly on his social media account. “This will be the easiest fight of my career.”
Although the highly ranked contender is extremely confident in his ability to strip Andrade of his WBO title, the long-time belt holder has his eyes set on showdowns against more established names. For a number of years now, Andrade has urged current WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, and undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, to step into the ring against him.
But, despite the persistent callouts, Andrade has yet to land the sort of career-defining fight he craves. If Andrade ditches his plans and opts to face Alimkhanuly, not only does his mandated title challenger believe he’ll win convincingly but according to Bob Arum, promoter of Alimkhanuly, the Kazakhstan star will prove that his name should be the only one mentioned when discussing the best middleweights in the sport.
“Kazakhstan-born warrior Janibek Alimkhanuly, who will fight for the WBO middleweight title early next year, will make his mark in 2022,” said Arum “He is the best 160-pounder in the world.”
Demetrius Andrade: “54 Charlo You Pop Mad Shit, Come Up Here To The 160 Pound Weight Class”
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, Demetrius Andrade has urged Jermall Charlo to face him in the ring. With Houston’s Charlo in possession of the WBC middleweight title and Rhode Island’s Andrade holding firmly to the WBO crown, the multiple division titlist would love nothing more than to unify titles. However, despite his public callouts, the two have failed to come to terms on a possible showdown.
Nevertheless, while a matchup against Jermall doesn’t appear to be on the horizon, Andrade has now turned his attention towards his twin brother, Jermell.
“I would like to fight Charlo’s little brother first,” said Andrade to several reporters. “54 Charlo you pop mad shit. Why don’t you come up here to the 160-pound weight class and try to become a two-division world champion. I have it, I have it.”
At one point, when both Jermell and Andrade campaigned at the 154-pound division, the two were set to officially square off. However, due to last-minute financial complaints made by team Andrade, their contest was ultimately canceled.
Still, even with Andrade hoping to rekindle their rivalry, both men have business to attend to. In the case of Charlo, the unified junior middleweight titlist is set to take on WBO champion Brian Castano on February 26th, in Houston, Texas. The two originally battled to a highly controversial split decision draw on July 17th. Should Charlo walk away from their showdown successfully, he’ll become the division’s first undisputed world champion since Winky Wright nearly two decades ago.
As for Andrade, the 33-year-old titleholder has recently been ordered to defend his crown against Zhanibek Alimkhanuly. The Ukrainian star stamped his mandatory title shot with an eighth-round stoppage victory over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam on November 20th.
Demetrius Andrade Is Open To Future Showdown Against David Benavidez
By: Hans Themistode
Although the biggest fights for Demetrius Andrade remain at 160 pounds, the current WBO middleweight titlist is coming to grips with the idea that they may not come to fruition.
Following his most recent trip to the ring, a destructive second-round stoppage win over fringe contender Jason Quigley, Andrade continued his war of words with fellow champions Jermall Charlo and Gennadiy Golovkin.
For years now, Andrade has urged both men to step foot inside the ring against him. But, not only has Andrade failed to land showdowns against either fighter, he’s yet to land a marquee contest against any of his top-tier contemporaries.
With Andrade running thin on options, he could be on the verge of looking towards a matchup against former two-time super middleweight champion, David Benavidez. While Andrade stopped short of naming the 24-year-old as his next opponent, as the two-division titlist looks inside his crystal ball, he can see a matchup between them materializing.
“Benavidez is definitely a great fighter,” said Andrade to several reporters. “He’s somebody that in the future, we can make something happen.”
Just weeks before Andrade wrecked the title dreams of Quigley, Benavidez laid waste to fringe contender Kyrone Davis. The two matched up at Footprint Center in Phoenix Arizona, the hometown of Benavidez.
Though he showed tremendous heart, Davis was pushed to his breaking point as Benavidez pounded him throughout the night, resulting in a seventh-round stoppage win. Ultimately, Benavidez is hoping that his stellar performance will catch the attention of unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, or, to a lesser extent, WBC middleweight belt holder, Jermall Charlo.
Presently, a move up in weight isn’t in the cards for Andrade, regardless of his interest in a potential showdown with Benavidez. In any event, while the WBO titlist likes his chances against the hard-hitting young star, with no world title currently laced around his waist, Andrade isn’t willing to pursue a contest against Benavidez at this moment in time.
“That doesn’t make me a three divisional world champion. We have to move in a strategic as well too.”
Demetrius Andrade Wipes The Floor With Jason Quigley
By: Hans Themistode
There was something different about Demetrius Andrade.
The WBO middleweight belt holder appeared surly when discussing his upcoming showdown against fringe contender Jason Quigley. Never known for his punching power, Andrade told all who would listen that he would score a concussive stoppage win. Quigley, however, merely smiled. After two fairly quick rounds, Andrade completely wiped the smile off his face.
As the opening bell rang to kick-off their showdown at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, Andrade sat back patiently. Quigley though, stuck out his left hand as if he was using it as a measuring stick. Then, the Irish native moved side to side, waiting for the best moment to let his hands go. That moment, of course, never appeared.
With Andrade continuing to apply pressure, he landed a picture-perfect overhand left which left Quigley on wobbly legs. The WBO belt holder quickly followed it up with a barrage of punches up against the ropes. Quigley immediately slumped into the ropes and began receiving his standing eight count.
Though he would eventually climb back to his feet, Andrade attempted to close the show. Ultimately, he was forced to wait as time ran off the clock.
At the beginning of the second round, Quigley appeared to have his legs underneath him. He bounced up and down on his toes and moved well around the ring. Unwilling to allow the momentum of his first-round slip through his fingers, Andrade immediately got his offense again.
In a case of deja vu, Quigley hit the deck once more. While he managed to stagger back to his feet, Andrade refused to let him off the hook. The reigning titleholder pounded Quigley into submission against the ropes. As was the pattern of the night, Quigley found himself staring at the ceiling lights.
While he made an effort to peel himself up off the deck, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waved off their contest before more damage could be inflicted.
Although Andrade was pleased with his victory, the 33-year-old appeared uninterested in dissecting his performance. Instead, he focused his efforts on calling out the rest of the top names in the middleweight division.
“I want to get in there with the best. I’m 31-0, WBO champion, what do I gotta keep on doing? I don’t get it. The fans need to demand these fights.”
Canelo Alvarez Dismisses Demetrius Andrade: “I’m Never Going To Fight With Him”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has made it known several times over that he’s willing to face any and anyone in the boxing world. Having fought as high as 175 pounds, the Mexican star has taken on some of the sport’s biggest and most notable names. Those would include the likes of Daniel Jacobs, Floyd Mayweather, Gennadiy Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, and Erislandy Lara.
But while Alvarez enjoys testing his skills against elite-level competition, he’s shown no interest in facing off against Demetrius Andrade. The WBO middleweight titlist has urged Alvarez to face him in the ring for numerous years and nearly came to blows with the pound-for-pound star during a recent press conference. Although Andrade holds an undefeated record and captured world titles in two separate weight classes, Alvarez doesn’t deem Andrade worthy of his time in the ring.
“He’s a horrible fighter,” said Alvarez during an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “I’m never going to fight with him. He hasn’t fought with anybody.”
Despite Alvarez openly declining a showdown against Andrade, the WBO titlist is still attempting to bait him in. Although Andrade competes at 160 pounds, one full weight class lower than Alvarez, Andrade made it clear that he’s willing to meet Alvarez in any division.
“Canelo, you going to run up to 175?” Questioned Andrade during a recent press conference. “Cool, I can meet you there.”
Even with Andrade’s willingness to meet Alvarez anywhere to face him in the ring, Alvarez is focused on more pressing matters. On November 6th, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alvarez is set to take on IBF super middleweight champion, Caleb Plant. With Alvarez already in possession of three of the four major world titles in the division, a win over Plant would crown Alvarez as the division’s first undisputed champion of all time.
If the Mexican product manages to successfully rip away Plant’s title, he’s unclear of his next direction. Regardless of what Alvarez ultimately does, he’s made his feelings crystal clear that a showdown against Andrade is not in his future.
Demetrius Andrade: “Canelo You Going To Run Up To 175? Cool, I Can Meet You There”
By: Hans Themistode
The name Canelo Alvarez has always brought a sly grin to the face of Demetrius Andrade.
For years on end, the two-division world champion has demanded that the Mexican star face him in the ring. The two campaigned at both 154 and 160 pounds for several years. But while Andrade made it his personal business to continually call Alvarez out, he was never given a contract with the pound-for-pound star’s name written upon it.
Currently, Andrade’s hopes of landing a showdown against Alvarez are dwindling. With the multiple division titlist fluctuating up and down in weight, it appears unlikely that he makes a return to 160 pounds. Alvarez’s last venture through the middleweight terrain came on May 4th, 2019. On the night, Alvarez registered a close but clear unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs.
Since then, Alvarez snagged a world title at 175 pounds and is currently in possession of three of the four major world titles at 168 pounds. In his next ring appearance, Alvarez will take on IBF super middleweight belt holder Caleb Plant. Should Alvarez win, he’ll become the division’s first undisputed champion of all time.
Whether Alvarez elects to defend his undisputed crown or opt to move back up to the light heavyweight division, is of no importance to Andrade. No matter what division Alvarez plants his flag next, Andrade is willing to meet him.
“Canelo you going to run up to 175?” Questioned Andrade during a recent press conference. “Cool, I can meet you there, no problem.”
Although Andrade would love nothing more than to get his hands on Alvarez, he has business to attend to beforehand. On November 19th, at SNHU Arena in Manchester, Andrade headlines a night of championship fights as he takes on fringe contender Jason Quigley.
Even with the Irish native holding a near flawless record at 19-1 with 14 knockouts, Andrade is confident that he’ll successfully defend his WBO middleweight title for the fifth time in his career.
“First things first though, I need to go out on November 19, defend my championship belt, and put on a spectacular performance, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.”
Demetrius Andrade: “Jason Quigley, Actually Willing To Step In The Ring With Me, Which You Can’t Say For These So Called Top Guys”
By: Hans Themistode
Demetrius Andrade continues to twiddle his thumbs and play the waiting game.
For years on end, the former two-division titlist and current WBO middleweight belt holder has begged some of boxing’s biggest stars to face him in the ring. Yet, no matter how many derogatory curse words he uses, and regardless of the superlative performances he puts on, Andrade is simply unable to lure his fellow champions in the ring.
With no big-name matchups on the horizon, Andrade has recently signed on the dotted line to take on middleweight contender Jason Quigley. The two are now set to face off on November 19th at SNHU Arena, in New Hampshire. He may not be the name Andrade was ultimately looking for, but the WBO titleholder tips his cap to Quigley for facing him.
“November 19, it’s me again,” said Andrade. “Jason Quigley, world rated, good amateur pedigree, decent skills, comes to fight, and hats off to him. He’s actually willing to step in the ring with me, which you can’t say for any of these other so-called top guys.”
Quigley’s world title opportunity comes across as somewhat of a surprise. Currently, the Irish native is ranked just tenth in the WBO sanctioning body. Despite his lower ranking, since running into a Tureano Johnson roadblock in July of 2019, losing via ninth-round stoppage, Quigley has reeled off three straight victories, two of which came via knockout.
Working his way back to world title contention is something that Quigley is undoubtedly proud of but Andrade represents a significant step up in competition. Not only is the 33 year old unblemished in 30 career fights but he’s mostly done so without breaking a sweat.
Nonetheless, Andrade was treated to a dog fight in his most recent contest against Liam Williams. Andrade may have scored the early knockdown in round two but it was Williams who enjoyed plenty of success down the stretch before losing a wide unanimous decision.
As Quigley prepares for his first crack at a world title, oddsmakers believe he’s in over his head. The opinion of the betting public is something that Andrade conclusively agrees with and in just over a month, the WBO titlist will look to prove that Quigley is completely out of his element.
“On November 19 though I show him that there are levels to this game.”
Ronnie Shields, Trainer Of Jermall Charlo, Throws Cold Water On The Possiblity Of A Demetrius Andrade Showdown: “Some Things Are Unforgivable”
By: Hans Themistode
For as much as both Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo don’t like each other, they share a considerable amount of similarities.
The pair turned pro in 2008 just a mere two months apart. Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) captured his first world title at 154 pounds in 2013. Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) quickly followed him one year later to win his first world championship one year later in the same weight class. Charlo would then bring home his second world title in as many weight classes in 2018 when he nabbed the WBC middleweight title. Following the same pattern, Andrade would do the same six months later, winning the WBO middleweight championship against Walter Kautondokwa.
At the moment, both Charlo and Andrade are considered the best that the 160-pound division has to offer. To end all debate on who should be crowned the best fighter in the weight class, fans have urged both men to step into the ring with each other. However, according to Ronnie Shields, trainer of Charlo, he advises that fans don’t hold their breath.
Simply put, the fight isn’t going to happen.
“It goes back years before to when Andrade signed a contract to fight his brother Jermell and Andrade was champion,” said Shields during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Andrade backed out of the fight. Once he did that, they said they’ll never give him an opportunity to make money with them, in the sport of boxing.”
In 2014, a matchup between Jermell Charlo and Andrade was thought to be signed sealed and delivered. Their contest was set to be the co-feature to Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Team Andrade was perturbed with what they believed was a low-fight offer to face Charlo.
According to Andrade’s father, Paul, his son was offered a contract of $250,000. Those numbers, however, were deemed unsatisfactory. Instead of pulling out of the fight immediately, team Andrade waited until the week of the fight to do so. Their thought process was that they wanted to give both sides more than enough time to increase the initial offer. Once team Andrade realized that more money was not coming down the pike, they opted to remove themselves from the card.
Although Charlo was found a replacement opponent, he lost a then, career-high payday and the opportunity to fight for a world title. Both Jermell and Jermall have pointed to that infamous incident as the main reason why a showdown between them is unlikely to ever occur.
But while fans believe Jermall Charlo and his team should move past those issues of the past, Shields doesn’t have that same thought process. With a chance to set the record straight on what exactly happened nearly a decade ago, Shields pulled back the curtain on everything that took place behind the scenes.
“Of course everybody wants to see it but some things are unforgivable,” explained Shields. “To me, that’s one of those things. You denied his brother an opportunity to fight for a world title, for no reason. Well, the reasoning was, he left his promoter and went to Jay-Z. Jay-Z didn’t like the fight and told him not to take it so he didn’t take it. That’s something he has to live with for the rest of his life.”
Eddie Hearn Reveals He’s Made An Offer To Chris Eubank Jr. To Face Demetrius Andrade
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, promoter Eddie Hearn has thrown his hands up in frustration. Although he has gotten a number of fights for Demetrius Andrade, he has failed to get the WBO middleweight titlist a marquee one. With that said, he could be on the brink of doing just that.
The 33-year-old Rhode Island native is fresh off a fairly competitive win over Liam Williams on April 17th. After sending his man to the canvas in the second round, Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) got past a few scary moments of his own to pick up the win. With the two-division belt holder anxious to know what’s next, Hearn finally had an answer.
According to the long-time promoter, he’s made a significant offer to WBA interim titlist Chris Eubank Jr. for a showdown later on this year. Although both sides are in the infancy stages of their negotiations, Hearn made it clear that team Eubank Jr. is “very interested” in putting together a fight.
For the British native, a matchup with Andrade is exactly the sort of fight he was hoping for. During a recent interview, Eubank Jr. (30-2, 22 KOs) expressed a desire to shed his interim tag and become a full middleweight belt holder. Originally, he believed a matchup with WBA “Super” champion, Ryota Murata, would likely be next. Now, with Hearn willing to place Eubank Jr. in with Andrade instead, his world title dreams could become a reality later on this year.
After spending the better part of a year and a half on the sidelines, Eubank Jr. returned to the ring on May 1st against fringe contender Marcus Morrison. While he proved to be tough, Eubank Jr. was simply a step ahead as he cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Demetrius Andrade On Canelo Alvarez Refusing To Fight Him: “You Can Give People The Opportunity To Make A Legacy But I Can’t Do That?”
By: Hans Themistode
Reality is slowly setting in for Demetrius Andrade. The current WBO middleweight belt holder has always had an eye on a showdown against Canelo Alvarez. Following the Mexican native’s recent win over Billy Joe Saunders roughly a week and a half ago, Andrade took it upon himself to crash the post-fight presser.
In a playful yet serious tone, Andrade congratulated Alvarez on the win and asked him when he would be given the opportunity to face him. Seemingly annoyed with his presence, Alvarez savagely lashed out at Andrade.
“Get the fuck out of here,” said Alvarez. “You are a horrible fighter, horrible fighter. You are never going to get the fight.”
As the curse words between both men continued, Andrade was escorted out of the building by security. Having had several days to digest the words of Alvarez, Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) simply can’t understand why everyone else is getting the opportunity to prove themselves on the biggest stage while he’s forced to sit on the sidelines.
“He’s a coward,” said Andrade during an interview on the Ak and Barak show. “That’s some coward shit. You can give people the opportunity to fight and get in there and make a name for themselves, make a legacy but I can’t do that?”
No matter how badly Andrade would love to get Alvarez in the ring, the 30-year-old is fully focused on a unification showdown against Caleb Plant. A win for the Mexican star would allow him to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.
By and large, the resume of Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is viewed as one of the best in all of boxing. In the case of Andrade, on the other hand, the Rhode native knows he hasn’t shared the ring with many of the top names. Although he won’t fulminate with anyone in defense of his level of opposition, Andrade is left incredulous when he compares his accomplishments and skillset, to several opponents that Alvarez has recently stepped into the ring against.
“If you look at my record, okay but what did Billy Joe do to get that fight? You’ll go in there and fight Rocky Fielding but what has he done for the sport of boxing. What about (Avni) Yildirim? What has he done for the sport of boxing?”
With Alvarez digging his heels behind his refusal to face Andrade, the former two-division titlist is seemingly running out of ideas. Although he’s tried on several occasions, promoter Eddie Hearn continues to pace up and down his office when trying to land a big fight for Andrade.
On several occasions, Hearn has stated that he has attempted to drag several high-caliber fighters into the ring with Andrade including, Gennadiy Golovkin and Jermall Charlo. Now, with Alvarez also completely taking himself out of the mix, Hearn expressed his level of frustration.
“Demetrius Andrade is the most difficult fighter I’ve ever had to make a fight for,” said Hearn during an interview with BoxingInsider.com. “By far.”
Canelo Alvarez Believes He Knows Why Demetrius Andrade Wants To Fight Him: “Payday, Payday”
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, former two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade has told everyone who would listen that he could defeat Canelo Alvarez if he was only given the chance. The Rhode Island native has chased a showdown with the Mexican star when both were campaigning at 154 and 160 pounds. Even now, with Alvarez currently one weight class higher, Andrade has repeatedly stated that he would have no issue with moving up in weight to make the fight happen.
This past weekend, Andrade continued his push to get Alvarez in the ring. The current WBO middleweight titlist sat ringside as he watched the pound-for-pound star dismantle Billy Joe Saunders, forcing the Britt to retire on his stool at the end of round eight. Following the win, Andrade took it upon himself to crash the post-fight press conference to congratulate Alvarez on the win and ask him when the two could possibly share the ring with one another. After a few minutes of back and forth arguing, Alvarez revealed that he knows why Andrade is so persistent in landing a fight with him.
“Payday, payday I know that,” said Alvarez. “You are never going to get the fight.”
With the win this past weekend, Alvarez added the WBO super middleweight belt to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles. Now, the 30-year-old will look to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all-time by taking on IBF titlist Caleb Plant.
By and large, Alvarez is viewed as the consensus best fighter in the world mostly due to the proliferation of world titles he has in his possession and the numerous wins against former world champions plastered to his resume.
There’s a long list of reasons why Alvarez refuses to face Andrade but his lack of name recognition remains one of the main reasons. While the 33-year-old may have complied a spotless record through 30 professional fights, Alvarez simply has a hard time recognizing anyone he has actually stepped into the ring against.
“Man you fight with nobody, you are a champion but you fight with nobody.”
Eddie Hearn: “Eubank vs Andrade, I Like This Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
For the past few years, promoter Eddie Hearn has had front row tickets to watch Demetrius Andrade fight in the ring. Normally, oftentimes pretty early, Hearn would simply shake his head as the WBO middleweight belt holder outclasses his opponents.
Roughly one week ago, Hearn shook his head once again as Andrade cruised to a unanimous decision victory against a game but clearly overmatched Liam Williams. Immediately following the win, Hearn called for a showdown between Andrade and WBC belt holder, Jermall Charlo. The two have gone back and forth for years but haven’t been able to come to an agreement behind the scenes for their contest to become a reality.
Although Charlo or IBF titlist Gennadiy Golovkin would be his first choice, Hearn could steer Andrade towards a top contender for a high-profile fight instead.
“Eubank vs Andrade, I like this fight,” said Hearn while on Instagram live.
Eubank Jr., 31, currently holds the WBA interim middleweight crown following a somewhat fortunate win against Matt Korobov in December of 2019. The Russian native appeared to win the opening round between the pair but was forced to throw in the towel following a shoulder injury in the second.
Since then, Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) has sat idly on the sidelines. He’ll look to work off a bit of ring rust when he returns this Saturday night against fringe contender Marcus Morrison. For the British product, he’s expressed a desire to face all of the top names in the division, most specifically, Eubank Jr. is targeting a showdown against WBA full titleholder, Ryota Murata.
His plans to dethrone Murata, however, could become sidetracked if Hearn has it his way. The longtime promoter doesn’t want to put too much of his focus on the possibility of Andrade and Eubank Jr. stepping into the ring against one another. But, if the British native takes care of business come Saturday night, he’ll give it more thought.
“Let’s see what happens on Saturday with Chris Eubank but I have no problem bringing Andrade to the U.K. to fight Chris Eubank Jr. for the world title.”
Liam Williams: “I Believe Demetrius (Andrade) is Probably The Best Of The World Champions”
By: Hans Themistode
Liam Williams will have to wait a little bit longer for his world title dreams to become a reality. The middleweight contender fought a competitive fight against WBO belt holder Demetrius Andrade this past weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Although Williams gave it everything he had and visibly stunned Andrade in the later rounds, the British native was simply outgunned as Andrade cruised to a unanimous decision victory. While he was hoping to pick up the win, Williams is under the impression that the loss to Andrade isn’t the end of the world. Especially considering that he lost to who he believes is the best in the weight class.
“I don’t feel like I’m going to take too much of a step back,” said Williams during the post-fight interview. “I believe Demetrius is probably the best of the world champions, other than Canelo.”
Hearing his name mentioned as the best in the middleweight division doesn’t come as a surprise to the Rhode Island native. For years now, Andrade has screamed from the mountain tops that he’s the best 160 pounder in the world and is willing to face every and anyone to prove it.
Despite his brazen statements, Andrade has yet to face any of the division’s top names including WBC titlist Jermall Charlo and IBF belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin. Although he hasn’t shared the ring with either of those previously mentioned fighters, for Williams money, he’ll bet that Andrade is the cream of the crop.
Before actually facing him, however, Williams had an entirely different perception of Andrade from the outside looking in. But with 12 hard rounds in the books, including a second-round knockdown, Williams gave Andrade all of the respect in the world.
“Demetrius is a very good fighter. He’s better than I thought and more slipperier than he appears on tv. I hurt him a couple times I feel but he was gone before I knew it and couldn’t capitalize on it. He’s very good.”
Demetrius Andrade – Supply and Demand
By: Hector Franco
Providence, Rhode Island’s Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) made the fourth successful defense of his WBO middleweight title, winning a unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Liam Williams (23-3-1, 18 KOs) this weekend in Florida.
Andrade’s performance at times was spectacular, scoring highlight reel uppercuts throughout. In the later rounds, mainly in the ninth, he looked vulnerable and hurt from a right hand landed by Williams.
Overall, his performance was more than enough to earn a clear victory. However, was it enough to get the other champions in the division to step in the ring with him?
Throughout his now 12-year career that started in 2009, Andrade has only faced one former world champion. That came in 2017 against Germany’s Jack Culcay, where Andrade won a split decision to win the WBA super welterweight title in what may have been the closest bout of his career.
In what would have been Andrade’s most significant test, he was scheduled to take on Jermell Charlo in December 2014. The fight didn’t take place due to disagreements regarding the fight purse.
For years, Andrade has had promotional issues that kept him relatively inactive, fighting only once in 2014, 2015, and 2016. When he finally left his promoters at Banner and Star Boxing in 2018, he joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
The thought was that with an elite promoter, Andrade would be presented with opportunities that otherwise would not be available.
The middleweight division currently has four titleholders, including Andrade. Kazakhstan’s Gennadiy Golovkin holds the IBF title, Japan’s Ryota Murata holds the WBA title, and Jermall Charlo holds the WBC title.
Golovkin, a fighter whom himself was avoided in his prime, is 39 and is rumored to be deep in negotiations to take on the previously mentioned Murata. There have also been talks that the future Hall of Famer could be headed towards a showdown against middleweight contender Jamie Munguia later on this year. Pair those factors with Golovkin also angling for a third showdown with Canelo Alvarez and it appears an Andrade showdown is unlikely.
Andrade’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has had difficulty securing elite matchups for the Rhode Island fighter, even against fighters that he promotes himself.
“He is the most avoided fighter I have ever worked with,” Hearn stated to Sports Illustrated. “I can’t get anyone to fight him. If he didn’t have a belt, I would understand.
“Why would you fight Demetrius Andrade? But he has a belt. Golovkin and Charlo should be trying to unify. Everyone is pricing themselves out apart from Demetrius Andrade.”
A unification bout against Jermall Charlo would make the most sense for both fighters, as the WBC titleholder hasn’t faced many elite opponents since moving to middleweight. The best win Charlo has had in the division was last September when he defeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Recently, Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions announced their upcoming lineup with Charlo set to defend his title against massive underdog Juan Montiel. As of now, a fight between Charlo and Andrade doesn’t look imminent.
In an era where fighters step in the ring twice a year at the most, it would be unfair to ask a fighter as talented as Andrade to do more. But playing the waiting game has kept him on the same plateau for years.
The demand for Andrade to face fighters like Alvarez and Golovkin lies squarely in the hands of hardcore boxing fans. After a while, fans will become more and more apathetic to Andrade’s situation.
The sport of boxing has never been fair. There are fighters who have had less than half the skill of Andrade that have gotten twice as many opportunities. However, like life, sometimes you have to create your own opportunities.
Joe Frazier once told Marvin Hagler that he had three problems. He was black, southpaw, and he was good.
Andrade is all three and, just as important, has about as much charisma as anybody in boxing. When will this translate to him getting a shot to prove himself against the best boxing has to offer?
It will likely continue to be a waiting game.