Eddie Hearn has written to WBA & WBO to order Jermall Charlo vs. Demetrius Andrade
By William Lloyd: Eddie Hearn revealed today that he’s written to the WBC and WBO to get them to order a unification clash between 160-lb champions Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade. Hearn has his fingers crossed that they’ll call the fight.
Eddie Hearn already tried luring WBC middleweight champion Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) into fighting Demetrius (31-0, 19 KOs) in a unification by offering the Texas native $7 million. Still, he’s chosen not to take the fight.
Hearn hopes Charlo vs. Andrade can be made
If the WBC and WBO order the Charlo-Andrade fight, the only way Charlo can squirm out of taking it is if he vacates his WBC title, which is doubtful.
Charlo needs that title to validate him in the eyes of the boxing public, who have seen him face lackluster opposition since his career-best victory over Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams in 2016.
Apart from Charlo, Hearn has been banging the drum loudly for #1 WBO Jaime Munguia and Gennadiy Golovkin to face Demetrius, but neither of them is likely to take the fight.
“The likely next opponent for Andrade? Well, we’ve written to the WBC and WBO and petitioned for the [Jermall] Charlo fight,” said Eddie Hearn on Instagram live on his efforts to force a fight between Charlo and Demetrius Andrade.
“Why can’t these governing bodies just push for that fight? Make Demetrius Andrade the mandatory. They’ve done it before,” said Hearn.
Charlo is coming off a more challenging than expected 12 round unanimous decision win over Juan Macias Montiel last June 19th. Montiel hurt Jermall several times in that fight and had him on wobbly legs in the championship rounds.
Charlo looked like an old 31 against Montiel, and it was clear from watching it that he’s not going to hold onto his WBC title for too much longer without the help of his promoters carefully matching him.
Jermall’s last seven opponents:
- Juan Macias Montiel
- Sergiy Derevyanchenko
- Dennis Hogan
- Brandon Adams
- Matt Korbov
- Hugo Centeno Jr
- Jorge Sebastian Heiland
Charlo vs. Andrade = ideal fight at 160
“He absolutely demolished Jason Quigley and made a statement to the division,” said Hearn to Boxing Social on Demetrius’ win over Quigley.
“How many times have we had the conversation, ‘When will he get the fight? Why won’t people fight him?’ I can’t give you the answers, but what I do know is when he puts in a performance like that, people will call for those fights.
“If you don’t want to see Charlo in a unification fight against Andrade, 31-0 against 32-0, two American world champions, then I don’t know what the game is all about? That’s such a natural fight,” Hearn continued.
“Jaime Munguia at 154, then he moves to 160. He’s the mandatory for Demetrius Andrade, and then he chooses not to accept it because he wants a fight or two. Okay, I understand. Now he’s had four fights, and now he’s saying, ‘I hope to get an eliminator next.’ Why?
“You’ve got a shot on the same platform [DAZN] against a world champion [Andrade]. Gennadiy Golovkin, hopefully when he beats [Ryota] Murata, he’ll say, ‘I want all the belts at 160.’ Again, same platform.
“But the good news is when you have a performance like that [Demetrius destroys Jason Quigley in two rounds], we can shout from the rooftops. That was a great performance by Demetrius Andrade,” said Hearn.
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