Former WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) has issued a challenge to WBO junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) to fight him.
Andrade, 28, says he’ll fight Canelo at a catchweight if he wants one or he’ll fight him at middleweight at 160 or at super middleweight at 165 or whatever weight Canelo wants him to fight at. Andrade will fight the red-haired Mexican star and he’s confident that he’ll beat him too.
The 6’1” 2008 U.S Olympian Andrade doesn’t like that Canelo is fighting guys like welterweight Amir Khan and fighters like James Kirkland. He feels that Canelo should be fighting him instead so that they can give the boxing public the best fights. Andrade doesn’t understand why no one wants to fight him in terms of the big names in boxing.
Andrade said this to Fighthype.com about wanting to fight Canelo Alvarez fight now:
“Why isn’t Canelo fighting Demetrius Andrade,” said Andrade. “I’ll fight him at a catchweight of 155, 160, 165, whatever. We can still make it happen.”
Andrade is Canelo’s #1 challenger to his WBO 154lb belt. However, Canelo is planning on moving up to middleweight in his next fight, according to his promoter Oscar De La Hoya. Canelo won’t be coming back down to junior middleweight. He’s going to campaign as a 160 pounder and fight guys like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. If Andrade wants the fight against Canelo, he’s probably going to need to chase him at 160.
Andrade then said, “I’ve got my country behind me. That’s why I’m the best,” in what appears to be a reference to Canelo. “I’m young and still in the game. So therefore, let’s make the best fights. Why are we making Canelo and Kirkland and Cotto and Kirkland? Why are we making these fights when there are guys like me that can make action-packed fights? People are forgetting about the real deal. I told myself I was going to be the best and fight the best, but these guys don’t want to fight me right now.”
I think it’s pretty clear why Canelo and Miguel Cotto aren’t looking to fight Anrade. He’s too dangerous. Those guys aren’t going to take risks when they’ve got easy marks like Amir Khan, James Kirkland and Liam Smith around for them to get easy wins against. I think Canelo would rather fight a welterweight like Kell Brook than to risk his neck fighting Andrade.
That would be a tough out for Canelo, and he might not be able to win.
In speaking about the mismatch scheduled between Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland for February 25, Andrade said, “Another Amir Khan and Canelo. Another Canelo and James Kirkland. Another Triple G and Kell Brook. This is the [expletive] I’m talking about.”