“Williams is Better Than the Last Guy Canelo Fought” – Demetrius Andrade Justifies Fighting Liam Williams

Published 03/30/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


WBO 160 lbs champion Demetrius Andrade will put his title on the line against Liam Williams on April 17, in an intriguing 12-round main-event fight.  Although ‘Boo Boo’ will remain the favorite for his undefeated run, Williams can be a legitimate threat to his throne.

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Relishing a five-fight win streak, Williams has lost only twice against the same man in Liam Smith. So, Andrade might receive a vicious threat in him. While most of the current champions prefer to fight below-average opponents in recent times, Andrade has justified his move to accepting Liam Williams.

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Speaking with Brian Custer, he said, “I am fighting real tough guys that have the opportunity to come on up and fight me. I am not just fighting guys like they say tomato cans or bums. Because nobody stepping in the ring is a tomato can or bum when they get in the ring. But I bet (Liam) Williams is better than the last guy Canelo fought. You know what I am saying? The tougher guy that Canelo fought.”

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As he seemingly took a dig at the P4P king Canelo Alvarez for facing Avni Yildirim, Andrade reflected his opinion on why Alvarez isn’t the greatest pound for pound boxers. He accused Alvarez of ducking the prime fighters and validated his claim.

Demetrius Andrade continued, “At the end of the day, all I was trying to let people be aware is how you are the pound-for-pound if you are not fighting the best guys today? You fought Triple G at 37-years-old, you know what I am saying. You are not fighting none of these guys at their prime.”

Demetrius Andrade vs Canelo Alvarez- The fight we all need

While Alvarez was reigning over the middleweight division, Andrade also continued his dominance by becoming the WBO champion. The entire boxing world began touting them against each other. However, Alvarez moved up to the super middleweight division and is already a champion over there.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WBC, WBA, and Ring 168 lbs champion Alvarez doesn’t intend to move down before unifying all the super middleweight belts. He has already bagged a fight against WBO 168 lbs champion Billy Joe Saunders in May. So, it doesn’t seem that Alvarez and Andrade will fight each other any time sooner. However, if either side decides to shift a weight class, we can expect it to happen.

Do you think Demetrius Andrade can beat Canelo Alvarez?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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