Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade get in heated argument
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten middleweight contender Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) and WBA World junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (24-0, 16 KOs) had a heated discussion last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There were no fists thrown, but you could tell there was some bad blood between them.
Andrade, 29, didn’t like the look Charlo gave him when he was walking by him. So immediately, Andrade tore into Charlo, asking him to setup a fight between them. This is obviously a carryover from when Charlo was a world champion at 154. He and Andrade were supposed to fight each other at one point, but the match never took place. Andrade still wants to fight Charlo, but now the two of them are fighting in different divisions and have a separate path.
Charlo took care of business last Saturday night in defeating injured #1 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KOs) by a 4th round knockout to become the mandatory challenger to WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Charlo will get a title shot or have the WBC belt possibly given to him if Golovkin chooses not to fight him. Saul Canelo Alvarez and GGG fight on September 16. Canelo said already that he’s not interested in the WBC belt if he beats Golovkin. Charlo is in the position to snatch the title this year.
Here’s some of the exchange between Andrade and Charlo:
Andrade to Charlo: “You want to fight? Let’s do it then. Why you always talking like this?”
Charlo: “Why you always talking? Why you always running your mouth?”
Andrade: “I’m not running my mouth. You’re looking up and down at me all crazy and [expletive]. Why you looking at me crazy though? So, let’s put a fight together. You ain’t got to keep looking all crazy and [expletive].”
A fight between Andrade and Charlo would be a good one, but it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. Andrade needs to vacate his WBA 154lb title and move up in weight to middleweight, because Charlo is looking to take over the middleweight division right now. Fighting Andrade would be a backwards move for Charlo, as he’s targeting Golovkin and Canelo at 160. Andrade doesn’t have a big enough name right now for Charlo to get much in fighting him. The big money for Charlo will come when/if he fights Canelo or GGG.
Andrade recently beat WBA World junior middleweight champion Jack Culcay by a close 12 round split decision earlier this year on March 11 in Germany. The scores were 116-112, 116-112 for Andrade and 115-114. Andrade got the victory, but it was far from a good performance by him. He didn’t shine in that fight. Culcay was giving him a great deal of problems.
If Andrade wants an interesting fight, he should look to face Charlo’s twin brother, WBC 154 lb. champion Jermell Charlo or IBF champion Jarrett Hurd. Those would be good fights for Andrade. Erislandy Lara, the WBA Super World junior middleweight champion, would also be an excellent fight for Andrade.