Andrade Ready To Give Keeler The Beating Of His Life
After signing a new deal with Matchroom Boxing, Demetrius Andrade is ready for big things in 2020. First, however, he must get past Luke Keeler. Andrade is more than up for the challenge.
The 31-year-old from Providence is set to defend his WBO World Middleweight Title at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday, January 30. Andrade (28-0) is hoping to face fighters like Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo and Gennady Golovkin, a goal Keeler (17-2-1) calls delusional. Andrade, however, doesn’t see it that way.
“Delusional? That’s a good one!” said Andrade at a pre-fight press event in Miami. “I’ll give Luke credit where it’s due, it’s hard to get people to get in there with me and it’s his first World title fight, so I am expecting him to bring his A-game.
“I’m bringing mine too as I know what it’s like,” Andrade continued. “I’ve been to the Olympics and to me there’s no bigger platform, but this is a massive stage and no other fighter or network has done this, I’m going to give him the beating of his life. He’s said that he would fight me for free, I’d say that you should want to get paid because these shots don’t come easy! I’m just very excited to get things in motion and prepare myself to get in great shape.”
While Keeler doesn’t have the resume that Andrade does, he does have the skills to back up his talk. Keeler has five wins via knockout, and his last win was a decision over Luis Arias. When it comes to observing who he is going to fight, Andrade doesn’t focus on all of that. His only focus is on how he performs.
“I’ve never watched a lot of fighters, I just concentrate on me. It’s all about me and doing what I need to do to beat anyone that’s put in front of me, and that’s get in shape, stay fast, work on my range and timing,” Andrade went on to say. “Whatever is being brought to me, through my work ethic and preparation I am able to weather any storm, adjust, land the shots I need to land and relax, because I’ve been doing this for a very long time and there’s nothing I haven’t seen style-wise.”
Andrade is ready for the big money fights, especially following all the bouts he has been in. Some may think he coasts through fights, but with Keeler in his path, Andrade is motivated. In fact, he is motivated every fight to be the best of all time.
“I’ll never get too comfortable though and think ‘I’m better than you so I don’t have to train’ – every fight is a multi-million dollar fight because if I don’t perform and win, the opportunities go out the window,” Andrade stated. “I don’t slack on one punch or one training session because of that.”