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Andrade: If Charlo Is Really His Own Boss, Make One Call And Fight Is Done

Demetrius Andrade couldn’t help but laugh at the contradictory nature of Jermall Charlo’s latest take on a long-discussed middleweight unification bout.

Houston’s Charlo (30-0, 22KOs) registered the second defense of his upgraded World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight strap following a 7th round stoppage of Dennis Hogan this past Saturday in Brooklyn, New York. The bout was the latest for Charlo under the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) banner, which limits his A-side opportunities to Showtime—which has aired his last two bouts and the bulk of his title fights at junior middleweight and middleweight—and Fox Sports.

Andrade currently fights on over-the-top (OTT) media service DAZN, as per his promotional alignment with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA outfit under which he has spent his last three fights, all spanning the course of his World Boxing Organization (WBO). Charlo made light of his current affiliation, claiming the unbeaten southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island was “hiding behind a network right now” during a post-fight press conference held overnight following his latest win.

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The remarks didn’t offend Andrade, but rather remind him of comments made just a few weeks ago when Charlo went on record in being receptive to a no-strings-attached deal with the sports streaming platform for the right opportunity.

“Funny, Charlo said just weeks ago that he’s willing to do a one-fight deal with DAZN because he’s his own promoter and now again today he says “He’s his own boss with Lions Only Promotions,” Andrade (28-0, 17KOs) pointed out to BoxingScene.com. “But now he needs me to go over there and fight him when I’m under a contract and he knows it’s not up to me. That’s bulls*it!

“If Charlo’s really his own boss and he really wants this then he just needs to make one phone call and it’s done. Eddie already publicly said weeks ago he would give Charlo a one-fight deal. What’s the problem then?”

For now, it appears that Charlo is on a collision course with England’s Chris Eubank Jr., who picked up an interim version of the World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title on Saturday’s undercard. Such a fight, however, would require Eubank Jr. to vacate his recently acquired title, as opposing sanctioning bodies disallow unification bouts versus secondary and interim titlists.

To that, comes a much more sensible solution.

“I’m available, let’s unify those belts in May and give the fans what they want to see finally,” insists Andrade.  “Two undefeated world champions in their prime, not like these pretenders avoiding us.

“Let’s put your belt against mine and let’s make it happen, because it just so happens I’ll be available too in May. If you’re man enough to back up your talk! Make that call and it’s done.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by OnePunch on 12-17-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20253017]you think I'm stuck-on-stupid?!?![/QUOTE] I think your posting history answers that question quite clearly

Comment by Bob Haymon on 12-13-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20252233]That's all you got, a 41 year old man ducking Errol? :lol1: Shet Manny shouldn't even be fighting anymore! [/QUOTE] There's also Leo ducking Gary Russell. Thurman and Garcia also ducked Spence for several years. [QUOTE]And why should fury or…

Comment by j.razor on 12-13-2019

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;20251700]He told him let's fight then the SAME evening he went on social media and complained about he and Jacobs being set up and the media trying to stir up things between them. Does that sound like someone who wants…

Comment by j.razor on 12-13-2019

[QUOTE=Reverb;20249785]Fair point. What I was getting at was, I'm not convinced about Charlo and I think Andrade beats him without too much trouble. Plus that lions in the camp thing is so cheesy.[/QUOTE] I think Boo Boo can outbox him…

Comment by j.razor on 12-13-2019

[QUOTE=Bob Haymon;20249138]Every stable has fighters who won't fight each other. Pacquiao has been ducking Spence since he got with PBC. Why should Fury or AJ fight Beyonce then if that's the logic you want to use?[/QUOTE] That's all you got,…

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