Saunders: I Came To Boston Because Andrade Wouldn’t Go To U.K.
While its not The Forum against Gennady Golovkin, Billy Joe Saunders has set his sights to America for his next fight, as the WBO middleweight champion squares off against Demetrius Andrade on October 20th in Boston.
Saunders in an interview prior to Friday’s kickoff press conference in Boston told Boxing Scene that the only way this fight was going to happen was if he came to Andrade.
“Listen, to me, a ring’s a ring,” Saunders said before a press conference Friday in Boston. “As long as there’s a ring and it’s all kept fairly, that’s all I’m interested in. A fair contest, a boxing ring and let’s see who the best is. I mean, if that’s what’s gonna make the big fights, then yeah, I’m good. I know Andrade wouldn’t come to my backyard. He would’ve let the spot go. He would’ve let the mandatory spot go. He would not have come to my backyard. So I’m up for it. I’m way up for it.”
Per BoxingScene’s Keith Idec, Saunders will earn roughly $2.3 million for defending his title 50 miles from Andrade’s hometown in Rhode Island.
Andrade, one of the most recent signing’s for Matchoom Boxing USA, confirmed that he wasn’t going to fight Saunders in England.
“I’ve done bit the bullet a bunch of times and I’m not biting no more bullets,” Andrade said. “Eddie Hearn is a great promoter. He’s doing what he needs to do for his side, for his team, and that’s to make us comfortable, not the other person comfortable.”
Andrade’s reluctance is predicated on a 2016 experience in Germany, when he would end up with a split-decision victory over German-based Jack Culcay.
“You’re going to an environment that you’re not used to – food, air, water. I did that throughout my amateur career and going over to Germany wasn’t the best experience for getting ready for a fight,” Andrade said.
“Don’t get me wrong, Germany is a nice country. Fighters are built in America and yeah, we need to be internationally known and take risks, like I did. But I don’t need to go overseas every single time, especially when I’m not the champion at this time.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene