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 vs Liam Williams Agree To Fight Terms
By: Hans Themistode
It appears as though the mega-fight Demetrius Andrade has long been calling for, won’t be happening anytime soon.
After spending much of his time in the middleweight division calling out the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo and Gennadiy Golovkin – Andrade has grown tired of waiting and has agreed to terms with rising contender Liam Williams.
Recently, opponents of the British product have spent the following day recovering from injuries as he has gone on a seven-fight knockout streak. Williams penchant for ending his nights early have pushed him to the number two spot in the WBO sanctioning body and has placed the two lone blemishes of his career in the rearview mirror.
Four years ago in 2017, the highly-rated contender suffered back to back defeats at the hands of Liam Smith. As previously mentioned however, Williams has bounced back nicely, and since then, has called for his shot at a world title.
As for Andrade, the WBO titlist has heard his name mentioned by Williams on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, the Rhode Island product has shown no interest in the bout, claiming the matchup itself does nothing for his boxing resume.
Still, after failing to secure unification contests against his fellow contemporaries, Andrade has thrown his hands up in frustration and, at least according to promoter Eddie Hearn, has accepted William’s fight proposal.
Before Andrade’s reluctant agreement to take on the mostly unheralded Williams, the long-reigning champion believed he was on the verge of papering a deal between himself and WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders.
Andrade, 32, agreed to move up in weight to make their showdown a reality. All that needed to be done was for both sides to send over the contract agreement. That, of course, did not happen as Saunders has elected to take on pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez instead.
With Saunders officially booked for the time being, and his fellow belt holders in no rush to acquiesce to his fight demands, Andrade has decided that a fight with Williams is better than continuing to sit on the sidelines. Something he has done since January 30th, 2020.