A flashback to Jermell Charlo’s vow to blacklist Demetrius Andrade!
With many of today’s top fighters there is an odd trend at play. One would think if two boxers had animosity with each other they’d want to hash it out in the ring. Yet when faced with another elite combatant, rather than seek to fight this person, all too often several of the present day boxers actively avoid that opponent. WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo-Boo” Andrade (29-0, 18 KO’s) and unified junior middleweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1, 18 KO’s) represent a recent example of this.
Andrade had dealings with the Charlo twins dating back to December 2014 when his pulled out of a scheduled fight with Jermell. Boo-Boo felt that the soggy and paltry payday he was getting for the fight was insufficient. The Rhode Island native abandoned the bout thinking that by aligning himself with Roc-Nation Sports, he could get the pay he wanted. Ultimately he didn’t get the big bucks or the Charlo dust-up. Since this time the twins have reveled in any opportunity to kick dirt on Andrade’s name.
I’M TAKING MY BALL HOME!
Despite their open scorn for him Boo-Boo holds no grudge or negative feelings toward the brothers. Going a step further the middleweight champion would love to knuckle-up and dance with either sibling and has actively called for the prizefights. In the most recent instance, Andrade reaffirmed his interest in proving his skill against Jermell on the Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. The WBO champion attempted to bait his trap with the promise of his middleweight world title. Unfortunately, if the smaller brother is true to his word there will be no day of reckoning for these two.
Roughly two months prior to Andrade making his desire to compete with Jermell known anew, Iron Man aired his feelings out! In a social media post he outlined his desire to “black-card” Boo-Boo. Rather than rough him up in the ring, Charlo advocated starving him out.
This is sad. Either Charlo versus Andrade makes for a meaningful and exciting title fight. One would think that the hot tempered Texan would jump at the opportunity to trounce Boo-Boo in the ring. He would be able to vent his rage, collect a significant scalp, receive a substantial payday and silence his chatty rival. Instead we get social media outbursts and bitter bickering.
Ideally there will be a shift in the mindset of Jermell to one more conducive to making this bout. Yet again, if he is true to word, no one should be getting their hopes up to see this pay-per-view worth dust up any time if ever at all.
By: Bakari Simpson