Andrade Respects Fox For Taking Fight
Demetrius Andrade has a lot of respect for Alantez Fox. Why? Because Fox is willing to do something most of Andrade’s targeted opponents haven’t done, agree to fight him. Andrade and Fox will meet Saturday night as part of an HBO “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Andrade heaped praise on his opponent, but didn’t give him much of a chance.
“The only guy that was willing to get in the ring with me right now, on the notice that we both got, is Alantez Fox… That’s the guy that’s in front of me, that’s the guy I’m gonna take out and after that, we can talk about anybody else that’s willing to get in there.”
Andrade is no longer finding any fun in calling out fellow 154-pound champions, most notably Erislandy Lara, who reigns as WBA and IBO titles at their weight class. They’ve traded challenges and insults recently, but Andrade, the WBA world super welterweight champion, took the fight against Fox at middleweight because he didn’t want to wait any longer for the right fight in the weight class in which he acts as champion.
“We could do this same stuff over and over and over… I call out this guy, call out that guy, but they either don’t respond or they don’t get in the ring, and we’re left with the same thing, who to fight. Alantez Fox was man enough and willing enough to get in there with me on October 21st, so everybody else is out of the picture right now.”
Andrade, a 2008 Olympian is open to remaining at 160 pounds or returning to 154, if opportunity strikes.
The Rhode Island native signed a three-fight contract with HBO, which may create opportunities to face elite middleweights such as Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs, who are currently signed to HBO.
“This fight’s at middleweight. At this point, I could be the best 154-pounder in the world. But if I don’t fight, how am I the best? Now I’m taking a challenge by moving up to the next weight class. I’m taking it very seriously because it’s a bigger weight class and I’m gonna be in there with bigger guys. So I definitely have to bring my ‘A’ game. To make noise and to keep myself alive, this is what needs to happen.”