Andrade: “He Puts On A Lot Of Weight; That Could Be In My Favor”

Andrade Betting on his Skill Over Benavidez's Size

Demetrius Andrade not worried about the size advantage of David Benavidez
Demetrius Andrade not worried about the size advantage of David Benavidez | credit: Facebook, Getty

Andrade Sees No Threat From Size Advantage of David Benavidez


When two-division champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (32-0, 19 KO’s) next goes to war, a great deal of attention will be placed on weight. This is because Andrade will take on two-time WBC 168-pound champion David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez (27-0, 23 KO’s). By taking on The Mexican Monster, there is a group of theorists that believe Andrade has bitten off more than he can chew in just his second match in the division.

For his part, Boo Boo couldn’t care less. The former Olympian, as well as 154 and 160-pound champion, believes more in his own skill set than Benavidez’s size. Ranked #2 (WBO) and #5 (WBC), Andrade has consistently said throughout the build-up that there will not be the tremendous disparity in size or power that some think.

“At the end of the day, he is only an inch or two taller than me, it’s not that big of a difference. People just have this perception of him being this big guy, I’m also a big guy. He puts on a lot of weight. It seems like, at the end of the day, that could be in my favor.”

PLAYOFFS BOXING STYLE

While the importance of size is still up in the air, the significance of this bout is not. Sitting atop the super middleweight division is the undisputed champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Yet, there is a very healthy belief that whoever claims the victory will be the undeniable, unofficial #2 and the guy that the redhead should face next.

Canelo just faced and fairly effortlessly defeated undisputed super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo back on September 30. That duel satisfied the first of a three-fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions. With two more fight slots left to fill, either Benavidez or Andrade could easily slide in.

In either case, both would make for exciting and meaningful prizefights. Before we can worry about Alvarez’s next move, Boo Boo and The Mexican Monster have to sort out their issues. So let’s see what happens come fight night.

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