“Canelo’s Fighting Old Guys”
Demetrius Andrade is not impressed with the quality of opponent Canelo Alvarez has faced over the past few years.
Andrade, who defends his WBO middleweight championship on January 30th in Miami, has been calling for a fight with Alvarez for over a year since signing with Matchroom Boxing.
“Canelo’s fighting old guys on their way out,” Andrade told BoxingScene.com. “It’s like, ‘Let me fight ‘Krusher’ at 40 years old, since he’s done.’ ”
“He pretty much got beat the whole fight by an older guy you could see really didn’t have the steam that he would have if he were younger,” Andrade said of Alvarez’s November fight with Kovalev. “And this is an ongoing situation. Canelo done did that with [Shane] Mosley. He did that with [Miguel] Cotto. It’s nothing new. I’m not upset about the strategy because it is a blueprint and it happened to work for him. It’s just like, at the end of the day you’re fighting guys that are on they’re way out.
“The only guys he fought that were somewhat at their prime were [Erislandy] Lara, which was a close fight, and the Danny Jacobs fight. Him fighting Triple-G is a step up, but Triple-G is 38 years old now. So, I’m not saying [Golovkin] has wear and tear, but it just shows people their strategy. And then they tried to do that with Floyd Mayweather, but it just didn’t work.”
“I would think it would make sense, because who’s gonna be left if I keep beating everybody and he keeps beating everybody?” Andrade asked. “Then there’s only two people left, in a sense. It’s not like this world is full of top fighters that can just go in there with Canelo.”