Jack Jones once beat Patsy Tunney in a boxing record 276-round fight in 1825.
It appears that the back-and-forth war of words between Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade will last longer than the 4.5-hour match from nearly 200 years ago without a single punch being thrown.
The WBC middleweight champion Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) took his turn on the mic on the PBC Podcast to remind everyone and proclaim that the WBO middleweight champion Andrade is not a worthy opponent.
“What I do is what I do for a living, and that’s fight,” said Charlo. “They’re doing a great job of keeping him active, I guess. He has great technique. He’s a durable guy, who can be in with a big puncher like me. He has one of those awkward styles that I don’t really see as a threat.
“[Sergiy] Derevyanchenko posed a bigger threat than Andrade probably would. But being in a southpaw stance, it’s not so much about styles, it’s how we can get those match-ups to be made between two world champions and two unification bouts. It’s something I’ve always been interested in. Man, we’re not dodging anybody, we’re not ducking anybody, we don’t pick the fights, and we don’t handle the agreements. You guys got to understand that. It’s part of boxing. They’re watering the sport down. I care about Jermall Charlo … They ain’t ever going to give my credit, so I’ll fight who they put in front of me.”
The two-division titlist Charlo will next step into the ring to face Juan Macias Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KOs) on June 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston on Showtime.
A bout between Charlo, 30, and Andrade, 33, remains one of the most palatable matchups in boxing, but it simply cannot be made due to both fighters competent on different platforms, and the money not being right. Andrade has hinted that his promoter Eddie Hearn needs to front more money to a future credible opponent so that he could land a career-defining fight
“I got a big family, big life. [Andrade] ain’t living nothing like me. The opportunity is for him. I’m the lotto ticket in this ballpark,” said Charlo. “Nobody knows Demetrius Andrade. Nobody knows when he fights, and nobody cares when he fights. He ain’t getting no views. Nobody cares. He ain’t like that when it comes, so he’s just talking.
“The only thing that separates Andrade from the rest of the division is Andrade slipped up on a title that nobody cares about. They want to see Jermall Charlo fight the best in the world.”
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist, writer and broadcast reporter. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and MMA Journalists Association. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com or on www.ManoukAkopyan.com