Andrade: I’m Being Ducked
WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade says he’s been trying to get fights with the division’s elite, but he claims they want no part with him.
The sanctioning body has ordered he defend against Steven Butler, and the sides have until the start of November to come to terms on a deal to avoid purse bid. Butler, of course, isn’t the kind of guy Andrade wants to face, but he will honor Butler’s mandatory challenger status.
“We’re just going to keep fighting whoever they ask us to at this point,” Andrade said. “If the WBO says he’s our mandatory then that’s my job and that’s who we’re fighting next.”
Andrade’s name has been inserted into the mix of potential opponents for current two-division WBA champion Canelo Alvarez and former unified middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin, especially when it came to potential unification of all four major championships. DAZN promotes all three men, and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotes both Andrade and Golovkin.
In fact, Andrade — as well as Sergey Kovalev — was on a list of fighters DAZN deemed as appropriate substitutions in place of a third Canelo-GGG fight.
Alvarez will now face Kovalev and Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight championship on November 2, while GGG goes for the vacant IBF middleweight championship tonight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
“I’ve called out everyone over and over,” Andrade added. “I can’t make them fight me but everyone is finally starting to figure out that I’m the guy everyone’s afraid of. So, that’s a compliment.”
Original Story: BoxingScene