Demetrius Andrade On Canelo Alvarez Refusing To Fight Him: “You Can Give People The Opportunity To Make A Legacy But I Can’t Do That?”

By: Hans Themistode Reality is slowly setting in for Demetrius Andrade. The current WBO middleweight belt holder has always had an eye on a showdown against Canelo Alvarez. Following the Mexican native’s recent win over Billy Joe Saunders roughly a week and a half ago, Andrade took it upon himself to crash the post-fight presser. In a playful yet serious tone, Andrade congratulated Alvarez on the win and asked him when he would be given the opportunity to face him. Seemingly annoyed with his presence, Alvarez savagely lashed out at Andrade. “Get the fuck out of here,” said Alvarez. “You are a horrible fighter, horrible fighter. You are never going to get the fight.” https://twitter.com/BoxingInsider/status/1391278570291568642?s=20 As the curse words between both men continued, Andrade was escorted out of the building by security. Having had several days to digest the words of Alvarez, Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) simply can’t understand why everyone else is getting the opportunity to prove themselves on the biggest stage while he’s forced to sit on the sidelines. “He’s a coward,” said Andrade during an interview on the Ak and Barak show. “That's some coward shit. You can give people the opportunity to fight and get in there and make a name for themselves, make a legacy but I can’t do that?” No matter how badly Andrade would love to get Alvarez in the ring, the 30-year-old is fully focused on a unification showdown against Caleb Plant. A win for the Mexican star would allow him to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time. By and large, the resume of Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is viewed as one of the best in all of boxing. In the case of Andrade, on the other hand, the Rhode native knows he hasn’t shared the ring with many of the top names. Although he won’t fulminate with anyone in defense of his level of opposition, Andrade is left incredulous when he compares his accomplishments and skillset, to several opponents that Alvarez has recently stepped into the ring against. “If you look at my record, okay but what did Billy Joe do to get that fight? You’ll go in there and fight Rocky Fielding but what has he done for the sport of boxing. What about (Avni) Yildirim? What has he done for the sport of boxing?” With Alvarez digging his heels behind his refusal to face Andrade, the former two-division titlist is seemingly running out of ideas. Although he’s tried on several occasions, promoter Eddie Hearn continues to pace up and down his office when trying to land a big fight for Andrade. On several occasions, Hearn has stated that he has attempted to drag several high-caliber fighters into the ring with Andrade including, Gennadiy Golovkin and Jermall Charlo. Now, with Alvarez also completely taking himself out of the mix, Hearn expressed his level of frustration. “Demetrius Andrade is the most difficult fighter I’ve ever had to make a fight for,” said Hearn during an interview with BoxingInsider.com. “By far.” The post Demetrius Andrade On Canelo Alvarez Refusing To Fight Him: “You Can Give People The Opportunity To Make A Legacy But I Can’t Do That?” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Demetrius Andrade On Canelo Alvarez Refusing To Fight Him: “You Can Give People The Opportunity To Make A Legacy But I Can’t Do That?”

By: Hans Themistode

Reality is slowly setting in for Demetrius Andrade. The current WBO middleweight belt holder has always had an eye on a showdown against Canelo Alvarez. Following the Mexican native’s recent win over Billy Joe Saunders roughly a week and a half ago, Andrade took it upon himself to crash the post-fight presser.

In a playful yet serious tone, Andrade congratulated Alvarez on the win and asked him when he would be given the opportunity to face him. Seemingly annoyed with his presence, Alvarez savagely lashed out at Andrade.

“Get the fuck out of here,” said Alvarez. “You are a horrible fighter, horrible fighter. You are never going to get the fight.”

https://twitter.com/BoxingInsider/status/1391278570291568642?s=20

As the curse words between both men continued, Andrade was escorted out of the building by security. Having had several days to digest the words of Alvarez, Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) simply can’t understand why everyone else is getting the opportunity to prove themselves on the biggest stage while he’s forced to sit on the sidelines.

“He’s a coward,” said Andrade during an interview on the Ak and Barak show. “That's some coward shit. You can give people the opportunity to fight and get in there and make a name for themselves, make a legacy but I can’t do that?”

No matter how badly Andrade would love to get Alvarez in the ring, the 30-year-old is fully focused on a unification showdown against Caleb Plant. A win for the Mexican star would allow him to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.

By and large, the resume of Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is viewed as one of the best in all of boxing. In the case of Andrade, on the other hand, the Rhode native knows he hasn’t shared the ring with many of the top names. Although he won’t fulminate with anyone in defense of his level of opposition, Andrade is left incredulous when he compares his accomplishments and skillset, to several opponents that Alvarez has recently stepped into the ring against.

“If you look at my record, okay but what did Billy Joe do to get that fight? You’ll go in there and fight Rocky Fielding but what has he done for the sport of boxing. What about (Avni) Yildirim? What has he done for the sport of boxing?”

With Alvarez digging his heels behind his refusal to face Andrade, the former two-division titlist is seemingly running out of ideas. Although he’s tried on several occasions, promoter Eddie Hearn continues to pace up and down his office when trying to land a big fight for Andrade.

On several occasions, Hearn has stated that he has attempted to drag several high-caliber fighters into the ring with Andrade including, Gennadiy Golovkin and Jermall Charlo. Now, with Alvarez also completely taking himself out of the mix, Hearn expressed his level of frustration.

“Demetrius Andrade is the most difficult fighter I’ve ever had to make a fight for,” said Hearn during an interview with BoxingInsider.com. “By far.”

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A Look At The Epic Struggle To Make Fury-Joshua A Reality

By: Sean Crose

And so it appears that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are finally going to fight to see who the undisputed champion of boxing's heavyweight division is. The two men, both British and both arguably in their primes, are towering figures, and have bested every opponent they have met. The fight, scheduled for August 14th in Saudi Arabia, is going to be promoted as an enormous international sporting event. Those involved, including promoters Eddie Hearn, Bob Arum, and Frank Warren, along with the fighters themselves, stand to make enormous sums. This matchup has taken forever to be made, though. Indeed, an official announcement has yet to be presented. What's with the lumbering pace?

Covid has a great deal to do with it, of course. For over a year, it's been beyond challenging to find a place to host an event of this magnitude while assuring those involved they would earn the kinds of dollars they would expect to. Big fights generally require huge audiences, after all, and sports were essentially existing in an audience free zone for the better part of the past fourteen months. What's more, the I dotting and T crossing involved in presenting an event like this can be beyond tedious. Putting together a professional fight of this nature also involves personalities, agendas, backbiting, politics, shifting opinions, media hounding, and fan impatience. In other words, getting this bout made has been no easy task.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The last time Fury was in the ring, he bested Deontay Wilder in dominating fashion. That rematch of Fury and Wilder's 2018 battle was a pay per view success involving ESPN and Fox, which were aligned with both fighters respectively. Although it didn't break the stellar threshold of one hundred million buys, the match did well enough for then President Donald Trump to consider inviting both combatants to the White House afterward. With a subsequent third fight between Fury and Wilder falling through (at least for the time being), all eyes turned to multi-titlist Joshua as Fury's logical next opponent. Joshua, however, wouldn't be just any opponent. He'd be entering the ring as Fury's equal, a man who could sell out Wembley Stadium and delight legions of fans. This left the promoters to hammer out the most large scale heavyweight title fight since 2002's one sided extravaganza between an over the hill Mike Tyson and a brilliant Lennox Lewis.

And so began the circus. In January there were reports of Hearn claiming a “deal is done," while Fury posted “Coming soon somewhere near you. 2021,” on social media along with a makeshift poster for the fight. "We’re gonna smash AJ," Fury posted later in the month, "…one round, two rounds, three rounds, done! Yes!” By February, however, matters appeared to have gotten bogged down. "Eddie," Arum advised Hearn, “I think you should stop talking about Fury vs Joshua." By month's end, Fury was telling the world he wanted to fight twice in 2021, with or without Joshua. Then, in March, Fury declared that a third Wilder fight might indeed be next on the agenda. The anticipated pairing with Joshua appeared to be on shaky ground. With spring just around the corner, Hearn warned that “if it don’t happen in the summer, it might not happen at all." Uncertain times.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

By April, however, things appeared to be looking up again. “I’m pretty confident this fight is going to get made in the next few days,” Fury told Behind the Gloves, “because from what I’ve heard, there are some big players involved and there’s some big offers come in from very rich people and very rich countries.” By mid month, Hearn triumphantly declared that "both sides have approved" of a deal. Unfortunately for Hearn, more than approval was required. Matters essentially had to be set in stone before any celebration would be in order. On and on it went. In late April, Warren stated that "we can't go on forever with this," while Arum said the fight was "dead in the water." In May, Hearn told the world "you'll get an announcement very soon." Then, just last week he said the match would be going down “August the seventh, (or) August the fourteenth,”  in Saudi Arabia.

Finally, this past weekend, Fury all but made things official, declaring on social media that "this fight is 100 percent on August 14.” No more conjecture, no more maybes, everything set in stone, with both sides finally in agreement. August 14th, Saudi Arabia, the match was on. Looking at matters objectively, the road to Fury-Joshua hasn't been nearly as long as some negotiations have been. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao drama will hopefully forever hold the sport's record for tedious diplomacy. What's more, the negatives facing Hearn - who by all indications took the lead in making this bout happen - and company were considerable. Turning a dream bout a reality, then, has been quite a feat

Yet, as they say, don't believe what your told until you see the two men in the ring. You just never know when it comes to boxing.

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