Demetrius Andrade Openly Gunning for Billy Joe Saunders!
When WBO world middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (29-0, 18 KO’s) stepped into the ring on January 30, few gave his opponent any shot at victory.
This was because there were not a great deal of people who even knew who Luke Keeler (17-3-1, 5KO) was before the fight was announced.
PULLING SAUNDERS’ CARD…AGAIN
Once inside the ropes Boo Boo lived up to the expectation by battering, bruising, dropping and ultimately stopping Keeler in the ninth period.
In fact, the outcome was so much a foregone conclusion that rather than the fight itself, most were eager to hear who the champ was going to call out in his post-fight interview.
Once the telecast arrived at the much anticipated segment, he wasted little time before aggressively calling out WBO world super middleweight champion “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KO’s).
“Eddie Hearn has that big book. Tell him to cut a check to Billy ‘Joke Ass’ Saunders so I can beat his ass too!”
CHASING SAUNDERS THROUGH THE CONTROVERSY, YEARS AND DIVISIONS
As he has with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo, Andrade has enjoyed a long history of calling out Saunders. However, more than just call him out, the two almost got in the ring back in 2018.
The two both formally signed a contract to fight and had even began promoting the bout.
Unfortunately for Boo Boo, Saunders would go on to get flagged by VADA for an adverse drug finding. As a result, the fight fell apart and Saunders relinquished his WBO middleweight title before he could be formally stripped of the belt.
Superb would argue that he was only using a nasal spray that was legal in the UK, but in the end it would not matter and the prizefight was never contested in the ring.
Since that time, Saunders moved up one weight class to super middleweight.
Andrade is clearly not worrying about the past issue, or the jump in weight because as his actions and words have shown, he is still pursuing the fight in a major way.
As he explained to SecondsOut, he has been doing whatever it takes to get the big fights and will continue to do so.
“Yeah that’s why I moved up to 160 in the first place. I mean I just did that. I moved up 160 to fight Billy Joe. He did the dirty thing and I was willing to bring it back to make it happen and he went up to 168.
“And I was going to defend the title that he once had and now I’m also saying I will go up to 168 to fight him.”
By: Bakari Simpson