Andrade: “Being Active Makes Me Better”
Undefeated Demetrius Andrade prepares to make the first defense of his WBO middleweight championship on January 15th, as he faces Artur Akavov in New York City.
This marks the first fight for Andrade since his drubbing of Walter Kautondokwa back in October.
“It feels great to be out so soon – it’s the first time that has happened to me for so long,” said Andrade. “It used to be eight months or once a year, so it just goes to show the difference between the levels of promoters that you go with.
“Eddie is keeping me active and he knows that the more active I am the better the fighter I am. Eddie wants to make a statement, show people that the way it’s done in the UK is how it should be done in the US, he’s young and I am too – we have the same hunger, he wants to be the top promoter and I want to be the top fighter. Knowing I can be one of the leading fighters on DAZN and they are doing a great job all around.
Looking at the challenge ahead against Akavov, Andrade looks to prove a point inside the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“I’m not satisfied. I’ve always been at the top but now I’m growing in the top of the mainstream. The boxing world knows I’m the baddest man out there but not having the right promotion behind me putting me out there has hurt me and that’s why I’ve made the changes and Matchroom and DAZN know what I can bring and they can move me to the next level – my job is to win.”