By Keith Idec
For the first time since 2013, Demetrius Andrade will fight twice in the same calendar year.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the WBA world super welterweight champion will square off against Alantez Fox in a non-title, middleweight match October 21 in Verona, New York. HBO will televise the Andrade-Fox fight as part of a “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader from Turning Stone Resort Casino.
In the main event, Panama’s Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC) will make a 12-round defense of his WBA world super featherweight championship against Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado (18-0, 15 KOs).
The 29-year-old Andrade (24-0, 16 KOs), a 2008 Olympian from Providence, Rhode Island, is one of boxing’s best fighters at 154 pounds. The skilled, strong southpaw has been plagued by inactivity the past few years, though, and has fought just four times since November 2013.
The former WBO 154-pound champion out-pointed Ecuador’s Jack Culcay (22-2, 11 KOs) by split decision in his last fight – a 12-rounder March 11 in Ludwigshafen, Germany – to win the WBA world super welterweight title.
Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) is the WBA’s “super” champion at 154 pounds and arguably is the best boxer in that division. Lara will defend his title against Cleveland’s Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) the week before the Andrade-Fox fight, as part of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader October 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The 6-feet-4 Fox (23-0-1, 11 KOs) will take a significant step up in competition when he challenges the 6-feet-1 Andrade.
The 25-year-old contender from Forestville, Maryland, most recently stopped the Dominican Republic’s Euri Gonzalez (24-11-1, 16 KOs) in the fifth round July 26 in Santo Domingo. Fox mostly has fought as a middleweight the past four years.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.