Demetrius Andrade wants Canelo’s scalp
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) saw Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) struggle his way to a controversial 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara last Saturday night in their fight at middleweight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Andrade is ready to give Canelo a beating in order to add his scalp to his growing resume.
Canelo is ranked at #2 by the WBO behind Andrade’s recent knockout victim Brian Rose. Andrade is more than willing to give Canelo a shot at his title if he’s up to the task.
Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya said after the fight that Lara couldn’t get a rematch against Canelo, and that he would have to go to the back of the line which De La Hoya said is 10-deep. Andrade feels that he should be at the front of the line because he’s the WBO champion and kind of the last man standing unless you count IBF champion Carlos Molina.
Andrade said “I read some comments that Oscar made to Lara after the fight that there is a line about 10 people deep to fight Canelo and Lara would have to get to the back of it. What Oscar failed to mention is that line forms behind me. I am the WBO champion and I am undefeated. As I look down the rankings, I just defeated my mandatory Brian Rose and Alvarez is ranked number-two by the WBO. He will be elevated to number-one and I am ready and willing to fight him for my title. I just hope he would be prepared for the beating I will put on him.”
De La Hoya hasn’t made any mention of wanting to match Canelo against the 6’1” Andrade, so you have to assume that he’s considered too dangerous for Caneo to be matched against. Andrade has big power, a high work rate, and excellent boxing skills.
Andrade can do a lot of the same things that Lara was able to do to Canelo but with more power and a busier style. It would definitely be a tough fight for Canelo because he’s already shown in his fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Austin Trout and Lara that he can’t handle boxers well. His wins over Lara and Trout were both controversial.
De La Hoya is meeting with Canelo this week to discuss his next opponent for November. The only realistic option that De La Hoya has mentioned so far is James Kirkland. A fight against Miguel Cotto will have to wait until next year.
Canelo’s scalp would be a good one to add to Andrade’s collection if he could get the fight with him. That’s half the battle. De La Hoya is guarding Canelo like a a mother hen guarding her chicks. Canelo is the Golden Boy Promotions’ franchise fighter and the last thing De La Hoya wants is for someone like Andrade to ruin things by knocking out Canelo or battering him to the point where he’s exposed.
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