By Charles Brun: WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade and former IBF/WBA 160-lb champion Daniel Jacobs will be sharing a card on DAZN in November.
Dan Rafael is reporting that Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) and Jacobs will be fighting in separate bouts in a doubleheader against still to be determined, opponents.
Andrade could be facing his #1 WBO mandatory, Liam Williams (22-2-1, 17 KOs), as long as he gets through his fight against 35-year-old Andrew Robinson (24-4-1, 7 KOs) on October 10 in London, England.
The first thought is that Jacobs vs. Andrade would be an excellent fight, and it would help DAZN out. But when you realize that Andrade will be facing a soft target in Liam Williams and Jacobs possibly facing Gabriel Rosado, it doesn’t sound so good.
If the boxing fans know anything about the sport, they’ll view Andrade vs. Williams and Jacobs vs. Rosado as mismatches. They’ll stay away from like it’s the plague instead of subscribing to DAZN or bothering to watch the card for that matter.
Liam Williams would make a fast turnaround
It would be a quick turnaround for Williams, 28, to get back in the ring to challenge Andrade a month later in November, but it’s possible. Robinson isn’t a spring chicken, and he’s been beaten repeatedly by domestic level opposition like Sam Sheedy, Mark Heffron, and Lee Markham.
Andrade, 32, would be a massive favorite over Williams, and DAZN might not be too excited at seeing another poor fight for Demetrius. He’s coming off a 9th round knockout win over a completely over-matched Luke Keeler in January 2020.
Andrade never got out of first gear in that fight in toying with the hapless Keeler for the first eight rounds before putting him away in the ninth.
Before that, Andrade defeated Maciej Sulecki, Artur Akavov, and Walter Kautondokwa.
If DAZN hasn’t had a conversation with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn about the level of Andrade’s opposition, they should.
Andrade needs to help DAZN bring in the subscribers by facing guys that have a chance of winning instead of the fodder-level guys he’s been blasting out.
Will DAZN give the green light to Jacobs vs. Gabriel Rosado?
Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) recently said that he wanted to face #11 WBC fringe contender Gabriel Rosado (25-12-1, 14 KOs) in his next contest on DAZN after beating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a mismatch last December in Phoenix. DAZN might not go for that idea of letting Jacobs, 33, take another soft opponent after his final easy match against over-the-Chavez Jr.
Rosado has lost three out of his last six fights since 2016, and it’s pretty well apparent that he’s shot to bits. That’s why it seems all the more strange that Jacobs wishes to fight Rosado. Jacobs is getting paid good money to fight on DAZN.
Why isn’t he trying to push for compelling fights that will bring in the subscribers to DAZN like David Benavidez, Caleb Plant, or Gennady Golovkin? If DAZN allows Jacobs to headline against Rosado, they could regret it when the fight event fails to interest fans.
Hearn wants Jacobs to face Ryder
While @DAZN_USA is preparing to soon announce at least some of its fall #boxing events, sources tell me 1 of the cards in the works for November would see @DanielJacobsTKO headline in a super middleweight fight with middleweight titlist @BooBooAndrade defending in the co-feature.
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) September 3, 2020
During an interview, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn expressed interest in matching Jacobs against John’ The Gorilla’ Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs), who is coming off of a controversial decision loss to Callum Smith last November. However, during the same interview, Jacobs said he wants to fight Gabriel Rosado.
So we’ll see which of the two get their way. If Hearn gets his wish, Jacobs will be facing Ryder in November, which is a fight that would attract UK boxing fans but not US fans.
They don’t know who Ryder is, and they won’t be excited about Jacobs facing him. But if Jacobs gets his way, he’ll be fighting Rosado, and that’s a mismatch just like his last fight against Chavez Jr.