While he enjoyed his time as a world champion at 160-pounds, Demetrius Andrade’s time near the top of the middleweight mountain had essentially come to an end. Though he could have opted to defend his middleweight crown against mandatory contender Janibek Alimkhanuly, the 34-year-old realized that from a financial standpoint, facing the young and hungry Kazakhstan star wasn't in his best interest.
So, after careful consideration, Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) forked over his WBO title and will now spend the latter part of his career competing at 168-pounds. Although there are no fights on his immediate calendar, that hasn't stopped the slick southpaw from scouting his soon-to-be competition.
On October 15th, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Andrade purposely sat ringside as both Caleb Plant and Anthony Dirrell traded wits in the ring. After dominating his man for much of their showdown, Plant flatlined his foe in the ninth.
Admittedly surprised by Plant’s ability to score a concussive knockout, Andrade swiftly turned his attention toward the former champion. Ideally, at least from Andrade’s point of view, a matchup against Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) makes a ton of sense down the line.
If a bout between them can come to fruition, the former two-division world champion has a feeling that Plant’s night would end dramatically.
“Definitely what Plant did to him (Dirrell) I would be doing to Plant,” said Dirrell to ESNEWS.
Last week, Plant announced that he finalized a deal to collide with fellow former world champion David Benavidez - with their anticipated bout scheduled to take place in the early months of 2023.
Following his stoppage defeat at the hands of Canelo Alvarez in 2021, a surly Plant vowed to return to the win column. With a noticeable chip on his shoulder and an insatiable need to close Dirrell’s mouth for good, Plant would ultimately go on to do just that.
Impressed by his performance, Andrade made it clear that his quippy remarks towards Dirrell were nothing more than fun and games. On a more serious note, the Rhode Island native is hopeful that after getting acclimated to life against bigger men, he’ll be afforded the opportunity to face every top 168-pounder in the world.
“It’s all love. Hope Anthony Dirrell is good, I look forward to getting in there with the 168-pounders all day.”
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