WBO middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade has fired some verbal bombs in the direction of Billy Joe Saunders, who holds the WBO's world title at super middleweight.
The two fighters were scheduled to face each other in October of 2018 in Massachusetts, but the contest never took place when the local commission refused to license Saunders due to his drug test coming up positive for a banned substance.
Andrade is back on Saturday night, when he defends his world title against mandatory challenger Liam Williams.
Saunders is preparing for the biggest fight of his career, when he faces WBC, WBA super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in a three belt unification on May 8th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
A few months ago, Saunders revealed his desire to get Andrade in the ring - but the unbeaten Olympian believes the British veteran was simply using his name as leverage to finalize a deal with Canelo.
“Smoke and mirrors on Billy Joe’s side. He went out there and said, 'I'll fight Demetrius.' He didn’t want to wait on Canelo until May. But he pretty much just used my name for leverage to make the deal, meaning 'yo we want this much money or we’re going to fight Demetrius Andrade.' We know you don’t want to fight Demetrius Andrade, and the possibility of us losing is high fighting Demetrius Andrade," Andrade told Brian Custer’s Last Stand Podcast,
“He’s a cheat. He’s a liar. He’s a disgrace. I can’t wait because if I could put these hands on him, I’m going to f--- him up!”
Andrade has already gone on record that he expects Canelo to win the upcoming unification by knocking Saunders out.