Written By Eric Gomes: Fans of talented Olympian Demetrius Andrade will have a chance to see him return to the ring October 21st in Verona, NY. The fight will serve as co-main event on HBO. The current WBA world super welterweight champion Andrade will move up to the middleweight limit to face Alantez Fox (23-0-1, 11 KOs) as part of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series. The main event will be WBA world super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC) facing Alberto Machado (18-0, 15 KOs).
Demetrius Andrade a skillful Southpaw, has had his career plagued with inactivity recently. At one point he was supposed to face current WBC Champion Jermell Charlo, but ultimately the fight fell through. Many fans thought a fight with Erislandy Lara would be an exciting “rematch” from the Amateurs, but they could never agree to terms to get the match done. Most recently, Andrade went over to Germany to face Jack Culcay for the WBA Super Welterweight belt. Andrade looked less sharp than normal but emerged as the victor via Split-Decision. Seemingly struggling to land a significant fight, Demetrius Andrade has decided to move up to test the Middleweight waters against Fox.
Fox relatively unknown at Middleweight, but this is a smart decision by Andrade who holds a title at 154 lbs. Stay Active and get a moderate level fight to feel out the division. It is not logical for Andrade to immediately face the heaviest hitters at 160 lbs. coming off the Culcay performance. Middleweight division now has Gennady Golovkin, Canelo, Jermall Charlo, and Daniel Jacobs. Fox has a 46% Knockout Ratio and an okay resume. Frank Galarza is probably the best name on his record (a Junior Middleweight bout that ended in a Draw). Giving Andrade the chance to get his feet wet in a stacked middleweight division whilst staying active.
This will mark the first time since 2013 that Andrade has fought more than once in the same calendar year. Andrade must break that pattern to truly realize his full potential in boxing.
Canelo vs Golovkin was a much-anticipated middleweight fight that needed to happen. Although it ended in a controversial Split-Draw it still helps shape the division. Cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs set to return in November, after giving Gennady Golovkin a very tough fight. Jacobs lost a controversial Unanimous Decision to the undefeated Golovkin. Jacobs recently announced that he had signed a multi-fight deal to fight on the HBO network. For this deal Jacobs teamed up with UK promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
Andrade is making a smart move by moving up testing the waters while the other top names are tied up. This will also give Boo Boo a feel for his style at the Middleweight limit. Jermall Charlo recently moved up to the division as well. Although Charlo typically fights on PBC, we’ve seen other Al Haymon advised fighters fight recently on HBO for the right fights. Majority of the Middleweight Cash Cows like GGG, Canelo, Daniel Jacobs, and David Lemieux already fight on the HBO network. If Andrade can break his spell of inactivity, he can perhaps land a fight with one of those big names. For the first time in years the Middleweight division is actually beginning to look Stacked for some great future fights.
I interviewed Demetrius Andrade recently in New York after the Broner vs Garcia fight where he hinted at the move up to middleweight, so it’s not all too shocking that he actually pulled the trigger.
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