Demetrius Andrade wants to make the big fights now!
Naturally, all prizefighters want to make a livable wage while plying their destructive craft. Along with feeding themselves, boxers also seek to leave some form of lasting legacy behind. WBO world middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (29-0, 18 KO’s) wants to do both. However, he is more than willing to suspended financial gratification in order to forge a memorable reputation.
While speaking with IFL TV, Andrade spoke on how he thinks many fighters are making a mistake by waiting for mega-fights. In particular, he was talking about those boxers holding out for a showdown with WBA super world middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO’s). In his opinion, by squandering time these pugilists are missing out on greater opportunities.
“We all want a Canelo fight, we all do! Everybody wants that, why? Because Canelo is the best? Meh, we don’t know that. Is it because Canelo is going to pay the most money? Yeah! Everybody wants that because Canelo is going to pay the most money, of course. But you want to know how you’re going to make more money than that? If everybody started fighting each other, instead of sitting here wanting for Canelo to make a decision.”
“Let’s fight each other and the people that are going to get eliminated get eliminated and then you have more of a demand, you’re going to make more money. You’re going to make way more money. And that’s what we need to do. That’s what Billy Joe [Saunders], [Jermall] Charlo, GGG [Gennady Golovkin], at this point that’s what we need to do.”
BUILDING TO THE BIG FIGHT
For all the hype and hoopla surrounding Canelo, Andrade is still very unwilling to label him as the best. According to the Rhode Island native, Alvarez has greatly benefitted avoiding his most dangerous opposition.
“At the end of the day beating him [Canelo] is a legacy because he is known as pound-for-pound right now. But he hasn’t fought the best yet. He hasn’t fought the elite guys in his age bracket, in his weight class, like me myself.”
Yet, due to his eyes being on the grander prize, Boo Boo is adamant that he is willing to sacrifice now for greater rewards later.
“Like I said, I am willing to take less money to get more money in the future. I have confidence…You start off boxing, you start off with a boxing career, you make four thousand dollars for a four round fight, five thousand or whatever. You are making pennies! Now you’re in a situation when you’re making five million, six million, eight million. These numbers come across so what I got to do, sign on the dotted line? I been fighting for free all my amateur life and now I work my way up to make millions and millions of dollars, so what’s the hold up?! What’s the wait?”
By: Bakari Simpson