Shawn Porter: Demetrius Andrade beats Jermall Charlo
By Jeff Aronow: Shawn Porter was impressed with Jermall Charlo’s successful title defense for his WBC middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko last Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Porter says he now views Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) as the top middleweight in the division, and he believes he would defeat Gennady Golovkin now. However, Porter gives WBO 160-lb champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) the edge against Jermall.
Shawn says that Charlo and his twin brother Jermell have problems with fighters that are mobile and throw a lot of punches. He feels that Andrade’s rangy style of fighting would give Charlo many issues, and he thinks he would beat him if they were to fight now.
Porter states that the business side of things may keep Charlo from fighting Andrade. He says Andrade isn’t “Business-friendly,’ and he would be difficult for Jermall to prepare for. That’s another reason why the Charlo vs. Andrade fight likely won’t get made.
Demetrius Andrade would give Jermall problems
“I’m proud of them getting through their first pay-per-view. Jermell closed the show,” said Porter to Fighthype. “I would like to see Boo Boo Andrade fight Jermall Charlo at 160. I would love to see that fight. But right now, Charlo is the best 160-pound fighters out there, and so is the 154.
“With the Charlo brothers, you have to make them think, and you have to make them move their feet. From what I’ve seen, they have problems with guys that can move, and they have problems with guys that are busy.
“It’s almost like they’re a step behind every time with their reactions with guys that are busy and with guys that are moving. I think Boo Boo is that guy that can move and bring that fight to you.
“He’s probably the most rangy guy in boxing, and he’s a southpaw. So there would be a lot for Charlo at 160 to prepare for and get in the ring with Boo Boo Andrade.
“I said that’s probably why he [Jermall] doesn’t mention his name because he knows that’s a tough fight for him and a tough fight to get prepared for. It’s definitely the business side,” said Porter in why Jermall Charlo and Andrade haven’t fought.
Charlo focuses on the guys that his management puts him in with, and he doesn’t call out a lot of fighters. He’s probably learned over the years that it doesn’t pay off for him to call out guys.
Porter picks Andrade to beat Charlo
“Honestly, at this point, everyone knows who they can fight and who they can’t fight or who’s more difficult to make a fight with,” Porter continued. “I think because of those things, ‘Here are the guys that I’m going to fight.
“Here’s the list. These are the guys that I’m going to talk about. I’m not even going to talk about that fighter because that fight will never happen.’
“So you just kind of think, if anything, he’s [Jermall] put Andrade in the rearview mirror because Andrade is not as busy because Andrade doesn’t have the big belt and because Andrade is not business-friendly at this point.
“Even by a biased standpoint, I’m going for Andrade, but even if I take that out of the picture, I’m still saying, Boo Boo is rangy, he can move, he’s busy when he needs to be busy, and he’s strong.
“I think he’s one of the more intelligent boxers out there in any division, and I think that’s a very tough fight for Jermall Charlo,” Porter said.
“And I think Boo Boo would win that fight. I had that conversation with [strength and conditioning coach Larry] Wade, and he told me that Boo Boo has it.
“It’s been a while since Boo Boo was in a tough fight, a fight that’s a big fight. I just don’t know if he’s got it anymore. Wade was like saying, ‘No, He’s got it. He’s got it.’ Getting that from Wade. Wade doesn’t pull any punches.
“So I was expecting Wade to piggyback off of what I said, but he went the opposite direction—not seeing Boo Boo busy, especially with big fights.
“It’s like, how much oiled up, are you? How ready to go, are you? The Boo Boo I know is already ready for the challenge,” Porter said.
Jermall defeats GGG
“Canelo is a tough fight for anybody,” Porter said when asked how Jermall would do against Canelo. “Yeah, that’s a tough fight for Jermall. GGG isn’t the same fighter, and I think Jermall beats GGG.
“There was a time that I didn’t think that. I think Jermall Charlo beats GGG now. Another thing I like about the Boo Boo and Charlo fight is Charlo hasn’t been in any wars.
“So he still has a fresh body and a fresh mind. And Boo Boo has been so out of the ring so that he has a fresh body and fresh mind. You’ve got two good elite fighters with no injuries or nothing like that at all. I think that’s a great fight.
“And I don’t see Canelo coming down to 160. I don’t see him going below 168,” said Porter when asked if he believes we could see a fight between Jermall and Canelo. “There are some great fights at 168,” said Porter.
The 38-year-old Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) has aged to the point where he’s not dominating guys like he did in his early 30s. GGG was hurt in his last fight against Derevyanchenko last October, and he was lucky to win that contest.
Jermall did a much better job of beating Derevyanchenko than Golovkin did, and there’s no way comparing them. GGG wasn’t nearly as impressive in beating Derevyanchenko compared to Charlo.
Unfortunately, Golovkin has the same problem that Andrade does when it comes to fighting Charlo. GGG and Andrade are both with DAZN, whereas Charlo fights on Showtime.
That means that we’re probably not going to see a fight between Golovkin and Charlo or Andrade and Charlo. Unless something changes with one of those fighters joining them on Showtime or something, the battles aren’t going to happen.
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