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Andrade: I'll Fight Canelo At 168; No Reason For Us Not To Fight

By Keith Idec

Now that Canelo Alvarez also has an exclusive deal to fight on DAZN, Demetrius Andrade can’t see any reason they shouldn’t eventually fight.

If it means moving up to 168 pounds to make that lucrative fight happen, Andrade is more than willing to do that. The undefeated southpaw just wants an opportunity to beat one of boxing’s biggest stars and the accompanying payday.

“What I’m trying to say is I’m gonna go wherever Canelo goes [to fight him],” Andrade told DAZN after a press conference Thursday in Boston. “If Canelo goes to ‘68 and his resume says, ‘Three-time world divisional champ,’ mine’s is gonna be the same thing … there’s no reason for him not to fight me.”

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Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), a former WBA/WBO 154-pound champion, first will attempt to become a world champion in a second weight class Saturday night. The Providence, Rhode Island, native, who’s ranked No. 1 by the WBO, will face second-ranked Walter Kautondokwa (17-0, 16 KOs) for the unclaimed WBO middleweight title at TD Garden in Boston (DAZN).

Andrade, 30, and Namibia’s Kautondokwa, 33, will fight for the WBO middleweight title England’s Billy Joe Saunders relinquished last week. Saunders surrendered his title because the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied his license application October 9 for failing a performance-enhancing drug test.

The 28-year-old Alvarez, meanwhile, will move up from 160 pounds to 168 to battle England’s Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden. That 12-round fight for Fielding’s WBA world super middleweight title will mark the start of Alvarez’s five-year, 11-fight deal with DAZN that could become worth $365 million.

“We don’t know who Fielding is,” Andrade said. “We don’t know anything about him. He just happen to be somebody because Canelo picked him.”

Andrade acknowledged, however, that Alvarez’s new DAZN deal is good for everyone involved with the new streaming service.

“It’s great for boxing,” Andrade said. “He is definitely popular. He’s one of the faces of boxing … he gave me an opportunity to be able to troll him even more, now that he’s with the same network and stuff like that. It’s like, yo, there’s nowhere you can go, as far as the risk versus reward situation, because you see what DAZN’s doing. They’re willing put out whatever it takes to make great fights, so I’m here to be one of them guys to make great fights.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by R.KHLMS4LIFE on 10-21-2018

Canelo should fight the best of the best at 160 let's see Jacobs first GGG rubber match take easy lemeuix fight lara then charlo easy fight then Andrade or Hurd then whomever else after those 7 fights though I see…

Comment by Bossman15 on 10-20-2018

At 154 Canelo avoided both Charlo twins J-Rock Wiliams Lubin Andrade or a possible rematch with Mayweather because that was in talks for a sec at that time. so when you look at Canelo's resume he really hasn't dominated one…

Comment by Hatesrats on 10-20-2018

DAZN deal has opened up a whole new yard of fighters for "Canelo"

Comment by wrecksracer on 10-20-2018

[QUOTE=MONGOOSE66;19210028]There’s 5 other guys I’d like to see Angelo fight besides an English nobody. Jacobs first then Charlo.[/QUOTE] Agreed. The only reason Canola is fighting that English guy is to take his second rate title. It's a fake multiple weight…

Comment by Senor_frogs on 10-20-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Scene;19209781]Red balls running scared from Andrade. Let me guess, mexican meat, catchweight, rehydration clause and oh I'm moving up to LHW.[/QUOTE] Lol. Just like he ducked GGG. Oh yeah lil G will duck charlo. Then Canelo will handle charlo.

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