Demetrius Andrade calls out the Jermall and Jermell Charlo!
Among boxing circles, it’s no secret that WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo-Boo” Andrade (28-0, 17 KO’s) is a very avoided fighter. Standing at 6’1, the efficient southpaw boxer is tough out for anyone.
For years, he has pursued a showdown with boxing cash cow and WBA middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO’s). Yet, like so many things in life, merely wanting something very badly has not been enough to secure that fight.
More recently, Andrade was all set to face Billy Joe “Superb” Saunders (28-0, 13 KO’s) for the title he currently holds. That was until Saunders was flagged for adverse drug findings. Superb maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal but their fight was nullified nonetheless. In an interview with Behind the Gloves, he speaks on the possibility of making a move to super middleweight.
“I would definitely consider going up to 168 and fighting Billy Joe [Saunders]. I was willing to do it at 160, why not 168? I don’t really know too much about the 168 division because that’s not my weight class right now.
“If I do take them steps, you know, I’m going to take the proper steps, the right guys. But it ain’t going to be no Rocky Fielding. It ain’t going to be no Steve Rolls. It’s going to be credible guys that’s going to help me bring my stardom up and catapult to were people see the difference.”
Even now Boo-Boo continues to struggle finding a big marque adversary. The Rhode Island native has fought two times this year against Artur “Wolverine” Akavov (19-3, 8 KO’s) then Maciej “Striczu” Sulecki (28-2, 11 KO’s).
Andrade stopped Akavov in the twelfth round and captured a unanimous decision over Sulecki. While these are good stay busy bouts, they are not of the magnitude or significance that Boo-Boo is searching for.
He has stated before that if he cannot pen a worthy fight at middleweight is he will to move up to super middleweight.
However, before he would move up, he would like to try his hand at fighting WBC middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (29-0, 21 KO’s). Andrade understands that there would likely be a great deal of politics to overcome to make that fight a reality.
Charlo is aligned with the PBC while Andrade has made a home with rival faction DAZN. Even with this being the case, Boo-Boo would like to see if that is something that could be done. In fact, not only would he like to face Jermall he would also like to rumble with his brother, former WBC super welterweight champion, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (32-1, 16 KO’s).
The fight with Jermell was once set back in December of 2014 at super welterweight. However as the WBO champion at that time as well, Andrade would pull out of the scheduled bout due to an issue with his purse (among other business decisions dealing with Promotional/Entertainment agency Roc Nation).
“I would love to fight both them Charlo’s, give me both of them! Not just one, I want to fight both of them! I’d fight the small one, the big one first, vice versa, however it go I want!
“I would fight both them Charlo’s easily. Let’s make them blockbuster fights real quick!”
Any of the three fights with Saunders or either Charlo brother would make for wonderful dust-ups. Let’s just hope that Boo-Boo can land a meaningful fight soon; preferably in his current weight division.
3kingsboxing will continue to stay abreast of the latest developments on Andrade’s big fight ambitions.
By: Bakari Simpson