Eddie Hearn and Demetrius Andrade to Dissolve Relationship
Following a two-year partnership, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (31-0, 19 KO’s) is parting ways with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. In rather curt fashion, Hearn openly admits that his inability to secure Andrade big time fights is the underlying cause for the split. Since signing their four-fight deal in January of 2020, Boo Boo has defeated Luke Keeler, Liam Williams and Jason Quigley.
It’s no secret that the Rhode Island native has been chasing the marquee fighters. In fact, there is no boxer in the sport that has pursued Canelo Alvarez more than Andrade. He has nakedly called for this match across two, going on three, divisions and a number of years. Despite the multi-division champion and former Olympian’s talent and accolades, Alvarez has done nothing but snub the notion of a duel with Andrade. It’s actually extremely plausible that Canelo is an underlying cause of the current fracture.
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Alvarez is technically a free-agent. However, he has continued to use Eddie Hearn as his unofficial promoter since his brief collaboration with DAZN. This triangle puts a clear strain on the Hearn-Andrade relationship due to Alvarez’s unwillingness to fight. To make matters worse, Hearn obviously puts more stock in his relationship with the redhead. This was most clearly seen when Boo Boo crashed Alvarez’s post fight conference having just beaten Caleb Plant. Here Canelo uttered the now famous, “you want a pay day,” line and he refused to even consider a match. Rather than try to talk up the bout, Hearn sat quieter than a gagged mute in a soundproof box.
So, given that he can’t get the fight that he most wants with Canelo, nor any other marquee name, coupled with his promoter’s backhanded disrespect, it’s no surprise Andrade is looking for greener pastures. Technically speaking, Boo Boo is slated to slide through the ropes to dance with Zach Parker. Although this fight has been postponed while Andrade heals a shoulder injury. It will be interesting to see how his career plays out post Matchroom Boxing. Hopefully, all new doors and avenues will open up. Yet, no matter how it plays out 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the news!
“He’s very good, he’s very awkward, and he doesn’t generate the interest that can pay these guys the money they need for the risk involved with fighting Demetrius Andrade. He’s injured now, he’s out of that Parker fight, so I think he has to reschedule that fight, try to become mandatory at 168.
We’ve agreed that this fight will be his last fight with us because I can’t get him the fight. And if I can’t get him the fight, he’s wasting his time being with me. We’ve worked very well together, he’s made a lot money, we’ve kept him active, but I can’t deliver him the fight that he needs, and if I can’t deliver he should look elsewhere.”
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By: Bakari Simpson