Eddie Hearn understands there is no point in beating the dead horse that is Demetrius Andrade.
The Matchroom Boxing head recently admitted that his decision to cut ties with his longtime client comes out of an inability to “deliver” a significant fight. Andrade, a two-division titlist from Rhode Island, has fought mostly journeymen and no-hopers during a lackluster, if highly remunerative, middleweight title reign under Hearn’s company.
Andrade’s next fight with Hearn will be his last, although he will have to wait a bit longer than he intended. His scheduled May 21 168-pound clash – Andrade’s debut at the weight – with England’s Zach Parker (22-0, 16 KOs) at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, England, Parker's home turf, was cancelled recently after Andrade reportedly sustained an injury in camp.
Hearn said the parting was amicable.
“We’ve agreed that this fight will be his last fight with us, because I can’t get him the fights,” Hearn told FightHype.com. “If I can’t get him a fight, he’s wasting his time being with me.
“We work very well together, he’s made a lot of money, we kept him active, but I can’t deliver him the fight that he needs. And if I can’t deliver it he should look elsewhere.”
The England-based Hearn signed Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) in 2018 as part of an effort to capture the American market through Hearn's lucrative deal with the streaming platform DAZN. The fights that Andrade desired, however, were never able to materialize, despite the fact that he was network stablemates with top titlists Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Efforts to make a fight with WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo, who is aligned with Hearn’s rival Premier Boxing Champions, went nowhere either.
Hearn said Andrade, a tricky southpaw, simply was not a satisfactory proposition to other top fighters, given the perceived risk he presented against the relative reward.
“He’s very good, he’s very awkward, and he doesn’t generate the interest that can pay these guys the money they need for the risk involved in fighting Demetrius Andrade,” Hearn said.
Hearn sounded a note of optimism for Andrade as it relates to the latter’s prospects in the 168-pound ranks. If Alvarez, the undisputed champion in the division, decides to vacate the belts, Andrade may be able to maneuver himself into title contention for one of the belts.
“If Canelo is at 168, I think he’ll fight him,” Hearn said. “If he’s not, the belts will become vacant as Canelo moves to 175. He can become a three division champion.
“He’s a brilliant, brilliant fighter Demetrius, but I feel bad for him. I would love to see him get that opportunity to achieve greatness and fight a huge name.”