WASHINGTON – A videographer presented former WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade on Wednesday with a possible scenario where he could still challenge Canelo Alvarez.
Andrade quickly dismissed it. Andrade, 34, has instead focused on super-middleweight bouts, which he considers a viable option now that he’s partnered with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime.
“Hey Canelo!” Andrade yelled during an open workout at the Kennedy Recreation Center. “It’s Showtime. We’re looking for Charlo, Plant, Benavidez, who’s 168 and puts up a great fight. And f— Canelo!
Andrade has consistently sought a head-to-head fight with Alvarez over his three-plus years working for DAZN and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
DAZN streamed seven of Alvarez’s fights while Andrade was under contract, but the undisputed super-middleweight champion never showed a legitimate interest in facing the undefeated southpaw. bottom. Alvarez of Mexico (58-2-2, 39 KOs) had a heated exchange during a press conference after Alvarez technically knocked out Billy Joe Sanders at his AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in May 2021. I remember calling Andrade “terrible” in .
2008 US Olympian Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) from Providence, Rhode Island rose to super-middleweight in his first match against PBC.
He will meet Demomond Nicholson (26-4-1, 22 KOs) of nearby Laurel, Maryland on Saturday night in a 10-round, 168-pound bout at Capital One Arena. Andrade and Nicholson kick off his Showtime Pay-Per-View broadcast of his four fights featuring lightweights Gervonta Davis and Hector Luis Garcia in the main event ($74.99; 9 p.m. ET).
An optimistic Andrade hopes his new partnership will lead to a fight he has campaigned for a long time, facing off against WBC middleweight champion Jermour Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs). increase. Andrade also won the grudge match between his undefeated WBC interim super-middleweight champion David Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) and former IBF champion Caleb Plant (22-1-13 KOs). A shot to the would be welcome.
“Definitely they have the fighter I wanted to get. [with] For a while,” said Andrade. “From Jaime Munguia to Billie Joe, I tried it on DAZN [Saunders]triple G [Gennadiy Golovkin]. The list goes on and on. I was over there I went and knocked on everyone’s door and nothing happened. So, all in all, I think this is the best place. And they want to make great boxing. They won Plant vs. David Benavidez. It’s a great matchup. So it’s right for me to come here and let Charlo fight at this point. ”
Keith Idec is a Senior Writer and Columnist at BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on his Twitter @Idecboxing.