Andrade: We All Need A Statement Fight”
After being WBO middleweight champion for over a year, Demetrius Andrade feels he should be fighting some of the biggest names in boxing.
Instead of facing fellow DAZN signed fighters Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin, or Daniel Jacobs, or even WBC champion Jermall Charlo or Sergiy Derevyanchenko, the Rhode Island native is facing Luke Keeler on Thursday night on a card featuring Tevin Farmer and a fight between two YouTubers.
“Everybody needs a statement fight right now, I believe,” Andrade told BoxingScene.com.
“That’s me, that’s Canelo, that’s Triple-G, Billy Joe [Saunders], [Jermall] Charlo. Everybody needs that statement fight and it’s just like, ‘Who’s gonna be the two guys to tangle with each other?’ It can’t be a statement fight versus a guy we all know you’re gonna beat. It can’t be that for me, it can’t be that for them or for anybody else. We have to get in the ring with each other.”
Per Boxing Scene, Andrade is a 50-1 favorite to defeat Keeler on Super Bowl weekend, in his fourth low-profile fight since moving up to middleweight and signing with Matchroom Boxing in 2018.
While Andrade was set to fight Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO title in what was supposed to be Andrade’s coming out party inside the TD Garden, Saunders issues with a failed drug test and an incident with a homeless woman forced him out of the fight and Andrade to face journeyman Walter Kautondokwa.
“It just seems like they wanna fight the lower-level guys and take no risks and say that they’re the best,” Andrade said of his fellow top middleweights. “I didn’t know that’s what the game turned into, fighting guys that ain’t the best and saying that they’re the best. I didn’t know it turned into that.”