Demetrius Andrade vents his frustrations over being side-stepped by Canelo and Golovkin.
Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade successfully defended the title in a flawless performance against Maciej Sulecki on June 29th in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.
During the post fight press conference, the slick southpaw champion gave his thoughts on possible opponents. His answer assumed fights with unified champion Canelo Alvarez or former champion Gennady Golovkin can’t materialize.
The Rhode Island champion has been extremely vocal about wanting to fight both men.
When asked would he be willing to possibly move up to face WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith, or anyone else, the vocal champion replied:
“There is Billy Joe Sanders. He decided to go up to 168. He deserves a beating from me. So, that’s something I would definitely be interested with and we can talk to Eddie about it.
“If I go up to 168, it’s like who else there for me to really fight? Not Callum Smith, it would be an undefeated champion and the easiest thing we can put together.”
The champion’s father would voice his frustration about the top guys avoiding his son saying.
“By the way, if he goes to 168, they will go up to 175. That’s what always happens. He had the 154 titles, they didn’t want to fight him, they moved up.
“We’ve moved up to middleweight, we don’t have to chase people. We don’t have to keep increasing weight. We have a weight he is the greatest at and that’s the weight we gonna stay at.”
The normally calm and controlled champion stood up to finally vent his emotions towards the press.
“Just do your jobs! Tell everybody Canelo & Triple G, that’s it. There is nothing more I can say. I’m ready to go.
“Go back home and say Demetrius Andrade needs to fight Canelo.
“Demetrius Andrade needs to fight triple G.
“That’s the fights we need to see. Not going up or going down, that’s it.”
Andrade has a very valid point given his long history of wanting to fight Alvarez goes back to when he was the WBO junior middleweight champion.
Even with the recent rumors of possibly facing Alvarez or Golovkin, the champion’s name is never mentioned in one of the best divisions in boxing.
This situation draws comparison with Hall of Fame fighter Mike “Body Snatcher” McCallum. He used to complain about similar problems when trying to get into the mix with his counterparts Ray Leonard and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler.
The champion has more than earned the right to share the ring with either man and hopefully this will happen sometime in the near future.
By: Garrisson Bland