Demond Nicholson burst into laughter when Demetrius Andrade promised at a recent virtual press conference that he would bounce the glove off Nicholson’s “big ass forehead.”
Jokes, Nicholson hopes it will finally air on Saturday night in Andrade.Nicholson, 29, will beat the undefeated former WBO Middleweight Champion to Garbonta Davis vs. Hector on Saturday night in Washington, DC. He knows he has the chance to completely change the narrative of his career by beating out Luis Garcia on the undercard.
Most handicappers made Andrade at least 25-1 favorite over Nicholson, despite Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) debuting at the 168-pound limit.
“My main objective is to go out there and win,” said Nicholson.
Nicholson (26-4-1, 22 KOs) has had a punching super-middleweight career, but he’s lost four times. He twice to Edgar Verlanga and Steve Rawls and technically to Jesse Hart with his knockout. Lecan Byfield. Nicholson, from Laurel, Maryland, is on a three-game winning streak since April 2021 in Kissimmee, Fla., when he became the first fighter to defeat Brooklyn’s Verlanga (20-0, 16 KOs) in his eight rounds. .
Referring to Andrade’s nickname, Nicholson said, “When I beat ‘Boo-Boo,’ it hardens me and helps me rewrite my story.” “I had a lot of ups and downs when I came into the world of boxing. “
Andrade is a two-division champion, but as he approaches his 35th birthday, he wants to rewrite his story. After six consecutive fights with Eddie Hahn’s Matchroom Boxing and DAZN from 2018 to 2021, Andrade will face Al Haymon’s premier boxing champions for the decisive fight he’s long wanted. They partnered for the express purpose of finally landing – a showdown with undefeated WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo.
Before Andrade could fully focus on trying to lure Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) into the ring, Andrade was determined to prove he wasn’t the type to pick for a tune-up. Aspiring veterans must be conquered. Andrade hasn’t really been tested on the scorecards since beating Germany’s Jack He Kalkei by split decision in March 2017, but Nicholson says the Providence, R.I., native will be on the 2008 season. I feel that I know how to push an Olympian.
“Go in there and do your best. That’s the box,” Nicholson said of what it took to flip Andrade. “Honestly, in my opinion, ‘Boo Boo. ‘I don’t think it’s awkward, I think he’s one of the sharpest boxers on the planet, he just has his own style, right? You think so? That’s it.”
Andrade-Nicholson will be on Showtime’s three undercards before Baltimore’s Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) takes on Dominican Republic’s Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs, 3 NC) in the pay-per-view main event. It will be the first match of the contest. From Capital One Arena ($74.99; 9 PM ET).
Keith Idec is a Senior Writer and Columnist at BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on his Twitter @Idecboxing.