Hearn: Andrade Will Fight Canelo
Following his win over Walter Kautondokwa, Eddie Hearn has affirmed that new WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will get a shot at Canelo Alvarez.
Both Hearn’s fighters and Canelo Alvarez are signed to the streaming service on DAZN, which last week gave Alvarez an 11 fight deal on the platform. Hearn believes that one of those fights will be against the Rhode Island native who won the vacant WBO crown on Saturday night in Boston.
“I believe after a one-year layoff, my second bout at 160, and the new middleweight champion of the world, Demetrius Andrade! I feel good, I definitely think I carried my power well and we’re just going to keep building and growing for the 160 lb. division and I want to fight the best out there,” Andrade said following his unanimous decision win.
“Walter’s a strong tough guy and he can hang in there with the best. We had to make adjustments. I used my boxing ability and everything I was taught and worked on in the gym. He ain’t never been 12 rounds before and I haven’t for a long time…I’m sailing a yacht and we sunk him.
“He kept coming forward and he didn’t show any weakness so I took my time and put my punches together. He was actually getting stronger as the fight went on and I just kept doing what I had to do…kept doing my business and smiling. It’s great baby. Three-time world champion. We made history.”
Andrade was originally set to face Billy Joe Saunders, but Saunders would be caught with oxilofrine in his system by VADA, which would force the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to deny Saunders a license, and have the WBO strip him of the title.
With the two of them holding three of the four middleweight world titles, Hearn hopes that Andrade and Alvarez will be able to unify the titles in the near future.
”Canelo has an 11-fight deal,” Hearn said. ”One of them will be against Andrade.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene