Demetrius Andrade and Billy Joe Saunders Verbally Agree to Fight at 168 Lbs

Published 01/07/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders Head to Head Press Conference at the Landmark Hotel on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


The WBO middleweight champion, Demetrius Andrade, finally seems to have his next opponent aligned. ‘Boo Boo’ has been calling out the WBO super-middleweight king, Billy Joe Saunders for a while and the Brit has reverted in his own style.

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Andrade expressed his interest in fighting Saunders, and the duo finally seemed to agree upon a bout. ‘Superb’ laid out his plans for the fight in a chat with IFL TV. He said, “Let’s get it on.”

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“I swear to god, on my kid’s life. I am very supremely confident of literally knocking him out cold, very, very confident. I love boxing southpaws, I love boxing someone like his style. I’ve got a very, very good track record against southpaws.” he added.

The British boxer seemed even more ecstatic than Andrade for this fight. However, he asserted on fighting Andrade at his 168-pound weight class rather than going down to fight him at 160-pounds. Saunders feels the super-middleweight division is one with the potential of high rewards, which is chiefly why he doesn’t want to leave this division.

The above statement reached Andrade, and he retweeted on the same.

Read – Demetrius Andrade Explains Why a Fight With Billy Joe Saunders Is Necessary – ‘We Can Demand for Canelo to Pick Us’

Andrade tagged Saunders’ promoter Eddie Hearn so that this fight can get noticed and brought to life as soon as possible.

Should Demetrius Andrade fight Billy Joe Saunders at super-middleweight?

Demetrius Andrade is an undefeated middleweight with a track record of 29 wins. With consecutive wins in the division, ‘Boo Boo’ has stayed on top with the WBO gold. He is pretty comfortable at this weight class, but moving up to 168-pounds to challenge a champion won’t be a straightforward job.

However, his height (6’0”) and reach (187 cm) are more than that of Saunders, and this can turn the tide in his favor.

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On the other side, Saunders is unaligned with any opponent. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, is still in talks to finalize his fight with the pound-for-pound king, Canelo Alvarez, but the fight might go on floors by mid-2021. Until then, Saunders won’t struggle to confront Demetrius Andrade and defend his WBO belt.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Billy Joe Saunders (red/white/blue shorts) and Marceleo Coceres (not pictured) exchange punches during their WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Saunders won after the fight was stopped in the 11th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

It will intrigue boxing fans to see this stylistic matchup taking place before Saunders’ big fight with Saul Alvarez.

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Who do you think walks into this fight with an upper hand?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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