Saunders-Andrade Agree To Fight
Less than a month after signing with Matchroom Boxing USA, Demetrius Andrade has his biggest fight to date, as he is set to fight WBO middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders this fall.
The move comes as a light shock, as Andrade’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren, have had a long standing professional feud.
The fight was set to go to a purse bid on Wednesday night, but WBO president Francisco Valcarel announced a deal.
Following the announcement, Eddie Hearn told ESPN that the fight looks like it may take place on October 20th, which would lead to moving Matchroom USA event from Los Angeles to a location on the east coast.
“Hopefully, we can put the fight in my hometown [of Providence, Rhode Island],” Andrade told ESPN. “Money talks. When you have the financing behind you, you can make deals. The deal got done. This is the type of team I needed in my career. Better now than never. I put myself in a great position. Now it’s my time to do what I’ve been wanting to do.”
Saunders said he’s ready for Andrade, tweeting to Hearn, “Your man is getting spanked.”
“He’s world champion, but my name ain’t David Lemieux,” said Andrade
“I believe I can do anything he can do better. My dog will be unleashed when it’s time to get in the ring. And I can smack talk, too. I can dish it out and I can take it. I can talk the talk and walk the walk.”
Initial Report: ESPN