Lara: Andrade Is Desperate And Broke

Demetrius Andrade has called Erislandy Lara out repeatedly for what some claim would be one of the best fights that could be made at 154 pounds.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Erislandy Lara “Andrade’s frustrated,” Lara told through a translator. “He’s got no money. He’s broke. And I’d probably be acting the same way as him.”

“He’s desperate. When you’re without money and you’re without fights – I know what it’s like. I fought plenty of fights for $10,000. No one wanted to fight me. I had to fight Paul Williams for a fraction [of what it was worth]. It’s all about business. He can call our team and we’ll make the fight. Trust me, I’m not afraid of Andrade at all.”

Lara, the WBA/IBO super welterweight champion, easily defeated previously unbeaten Terrell Gausha by unanimous decision in their 12 round main event Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 29 year old Andrade will return to the ring this Saturday night in Verona, New York, where he’ll square off against Alantez Fox in a 12-round middleweight match at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Andrade, the WBA world super welterweight champ, told recently that he will compete at 154 pounds and 160 to keep his options open.

Lara would face Andrade next, particularly if he cannot secure a fight against WBC champion Jermell Charlo ( or IBF champion Jarrett Hurd. Charlo knocked out mandatory challenger Erickson Lubinin the first round Saturday night at Barclays Center, right before Hurd stopped former WBA champion Austin Trout  after the 10th round.

Lara poked at Andrade and his challenge.

“Everyone knows I fight the best. Look at my resume. I already beat Andrade in the amateurs, easily, handily [in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro]. As a matter of fact, Andrade looks like he’s getting worse. And personally, I think Andrade is weaker than Hurd or [Jermell] Charlo. That’s not a question. He hasn’t been active. You look at the [Jack] Cuclay fight, he was falling all over the place. I beat Cuclay in the amateurs, too. I’ll beat them both on the same night.”

Andrade, of Providence, Rhode Island, won his piece of the WBA super welterweight championship by edging Ecuador’s Culcay by split decision March 11 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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