Ranking The 5 Best And Most Logical Opponents For Demetrius Andrade
By: Hans Themistode
Demetrius Andrade has spent the majority of his career begging for a big fight. The current WBO middleweight champion and former two division titlist however, has yet to get a response.
The respect for his skill set has always been high in boxing circles, maybe even too high. With 12 years under his belt as a professional, the former Olympians resume is lacking.
This world wide pandemic isn’t going to make it any easier on him finding an opponent either. But with it being seven months since his last ring appearance, he’ll need to jump into the ring soon to keep the COVID-19 inducing rust off.
The fans are not interested in watching him in a grotesque mismatch. So who should he take on next? We’ve put together a few names that would be both competitive and logical to make. Keep reading to find out.
5. John Ryder
Super middleweight contender John Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs) would seem to follow the same pattern of previous Andrade opponents. Someone without a big name, who fans would give little chance at winning. With that being said, Ryder deserves some respect. WBC belt holder Callum Smith is considered one of, if not the very best at 168. In Ryder’s last time out in the ring, he gave Smith arguably the toughest fight of his career. In fact, many believed that he should have walked away with the nod.
He doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of star power, but he’s a very good fighter. If Andrade can out class him like everyone else he has faced, then that would be a statement.
4. Chris Eubank Jr
Chris Eubank Jr is an enigma. His last name lends him a bit of star power. Yet his performances in the ring hasn’t lived up to the hype.
At the moment, Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) holds the WBA interim middleweight title. But his opponent on the night in Mat Korobov, essentially handed it to him as he separated his shoulder in the second round and was unable to continue. Still, a wins a win.
Much like Andrade, Eubank Jr. has always thrown his name in the mix for big fights. But unlike Andrade, he has scored a number of them. The biggest win of his career came just last year against former two time champion James DeGale. Sure it was great on paper, but he wants more.
Well, look no further then a showdown with Andrade. Not only do both men need a big time win, but with the other notable fighters at 160 completely booked, this fight seems easy to make.
3. Ryota Murata
Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) certainly has impressive credentials. He took home gold in the 2016 Olympics and quickly parlayed that with winning a word title in 2017. But with two losses sullying his record, it’s difficult to know what to make of him.
A 2017 loss to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam was the first red flag. The second came from a 2018 matchup with Rob Brant. But Murata proved that both defeats were fluky as he won immediate rematches via stoppage.
With the lack of names on the resume of Andrade, Murata would be his toughest fight by far.
2. Callum Smith
WBC super middleweight champion Callum Smith may reside one weight class higher, but Andrade has never had an issue moving up in weight. In terms of accomplishments, Smith would be the ideal opponent. A win over the British born champion would land him a world title in his third weight class.
Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) is currently still hoping for a showdown with Canelo Alvarez, but if that doesn’t come to fruition, then Smith vs Andrade is the fight to make.
1. Jaime Munguia
The 154 pound title reign of Jamie Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) was an underwhelming one. At no point did he take on an opponent who was thought to have a remote chance at winning. With that being said however, Munguia has looked pretty damn good each and every time he has stepped foot inside of the ring.
Squeezing down to the Jr middleweight limit has gotten tiresome for the Mexican born fighter, so he has opted to move up to 160. An 11th round stoppage win over Gary O’Sullivan proved his decision was a sagacious one. With Munguia holding the WBO title at 154, he gets the chance to skip the long line of contenders as he ranks number one in the sanctioning body at 160.
Andrade has long expressed an interest in facing Munguia. Well, it appears that he could very well get his wish.
Ranking The Five Best Opponents For Canelo Alvarez
By: Hans Themistode
The music is playing, but Canelo Alvarez is yet to find a dance partner.
The four division world champion has been in the market to find a suitable opponent, but no one has taken the bait. As of late, names such as Anthony Dirrell, John Ryder and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have reportedly been in the running.
While some of those names may gain the attention of fans, the vast majority of them have no interest in what they bring to the table. Regardless of COVID-19 preventing fans from entering arenas, Alvarez won’t be given a pass for facing a soft touch.
Although his promoter has already watered down his opposition for his September date by stating that Alvarez won’t be fighting a fellow champion, we’ve decided to come up with a list of our own. Since the Mexican star campaigns at three weight divisions, we’ve sprinkled a few names from each weight class to make our list more compelling.
So with that being said, here’s our list for the top 5 opponents that Alvarez should choose for his next contest.
5. David Benavidez
David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) may only be 23 years of age, but the argument can easily be made that he’s the best fighter at 168 pounds. From a stylistic standpoint, Benavidez would be the toughest matchup for Alvarez. With a staggering seven inch reach, the pound for pound star would have a difficult time getting in.
At some point though, the shorter Alvarez will bulldoze his way inside, and when he does, how will Benavidez react? Also, does he have the experience to out box his man from the outside?
This matchup brings so many questions, but there’s only one way to answer them.
With two fights already in the books, it feels as though the score will never be settled between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG). The reason behind it is simple, GGG seems to have gotten a raw deal.
Their first matchup in 2017 left most of the boxing world shaking their collective heads when it was announced a draw. Most believed GGG (40-1-1, 35 KOs) did more than enough to bring in the victory. Their rematch one year later was much closer, but most were inclined to score it either a draw, or a close win for GGG.
At the age of 38, the former unified middleweight champion has seen better days. And although most would believe that Canelo wins a third fight easily, the storyline and long lasting feud is good enough to see them do it one final time.
3. Demetrius Andrade
At this point, it’s becoming ridiculous. Two division world champion and current WBO middleweight belt holder Demetrius Andrade just can’t seem to land a big fight.
He’s always been regarded as one of the most talented fighters in boxing circles, but he has yet to get on the big stage to prove it. Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) has been calling for a matchup with Alvarez for years now. Yet, the four division world champion has said on numerous occasions that Andrade is a boring fighter that doesn’t put any butts in seats.
Well, with COVID-19 currently running amuck, Andrade doesn’t need to be a draw. Even with Alvarez currently campaigning at 168, Andrade has said that he has no issue moving up in weight.
There has been a growing narrative around Alvarez. His resume looks impressive but most of the names associated with it were past their primes when he took them on. If Andrade were to hit the Alvarez sweepstakes however, that narrative no longer applies.
2. Jermall Charlo
There’s something about Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) that leaves fans with more question marks than answers. He’s currently an undefeated world champion and former two division titlist.
His physique is intimidating and his fighting style makes you question the sanity of anyone who steps into the ring with him.
Through 30 career fights, he hasn’t come close to losing. His resume isn’t as deep as it probably should be, but he’s fought solid opposition. Julian Williams, Austin Trout and Matt Korobov were all handed one sided losses when matched up against him. With that being said, we still want to see more.
There is a growing belief that the Houston born Charlo is the best fighter at 160 pounds. His reign at 160 could be truncated however as he’s told multiple media outlets that he would move up in weight in order to get his hands on Alvarez.
The interest surrounding this matchup would be high, and the fans would run to their television screens in order to see who wins.
1. Artur Beterbiev
If Canelo Alvarez chooses any of the names on this list, then boxing fans will be beyond satisfied. But if for some reason, unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) is chosen, they’ll shed tears of joy.
For as great as the names associated with this list are, Alvarez would be favored against all them. Well, except for Beterbiev. The hard hitting knockout artist has never met a chin that he couldn’t dent. Alvarez however, is known for not only his impregnable defense but his iron will.
Unlike every other fighter on this list, Alvarez would have a noticeable disadvantage in terms of strength. The deck will be completely stacked against him from start to finish in this one. But that is exactly why it ranks number one. Canelo Alvarez is regarded by many as the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, but he can really stamp that notion with a win over Beterbiev.
Demetrius Andrade Calls Out Andy Ruiz and Andre Ward
By: Hans Themistode
Demetrius Andrade was an interested observer on December 7th 2019. In one hand was a bag of popcorn as the fan in him sat back and enjoyed a boxing match. In the other, was a pen and paper as he jot down notes. After 12 uneventful rounds Andrade was left unimpressed and holding his chin.
The WBO Middleweight champion looked on as Andy Ruiz Jr. was virtually shutout by Anthony Joshua to lose his Heavyweight titles. Before his poor showing, Ruiz was on top of the world, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he stopped Joshua in the seventh round during their first contest.
That version of Ruiz would be difficult to deal with, but the one who showed up in the rematch is easy pickings for Andrade.
“I would fight Andy Ruiz,” said Andrade on ABBoxing during an interview. “Don’t train, don’t do anything, let’s fight. Give us the same excuse you gave when you fought Joshua the second time that you didn’t train. Give me that fight and I can beat him.”
Andrade has offered to move up in weight to take on big name opponents in the past. He recently went on record offering to jump up to the Super Middleweight division in order to take on WBO title holder Billy Joe Saunders. But a move to Heavyweight would be a completely different animal. To his credit, Andrade has always been praised for his skills and his heart. But that doesn’t mean he wants to jump into the ring with every and any of the big boys from the Heavyweight division.
“I’m not fighting Wilder. I don’t want to get hit with that shit bro. I would fight anybody in my weight class but if I’m going up to the Heavyweight division, I am only going to name the people that I think I can beat and I know I can beat that kid. I can beat Andy Ruiz, hands down.”
With world titles at both 154 and 160, Andrade, 32, is smack in the middle of his prime and would be favored against roughly anyone in his weight class. But a matchup with Ruiz would leave him at a major weight disadvantage. The former Heavyweight champion last tipped the scale at a grotesque 283 pounds. Over 120 pounds heavier than Andrade.
Big fight hunting has always been the name of the game for Andrade (29-0, 17 KOs). For years, he spent his time trying to get the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Jermall Charlo into the ring with him. But with both of those contests ostensibly not taking place, Andrade has turned his attention to not just Ruiz, but to another big name fighter. One that seldomly ever gets called out.
“If Andre Ward wants to get back in the ring I would fight him. I’ll beat him with my jab and my IQ. I’ve got way more speed than him, my feet work is way better than him, like he isn’t going to touch me.”