As stated by Promoter Eddie Hearn, Demetrius Andrade, the WBO Middleweight Champion is scheduled to fight number seven WBO contender, Liam Williams. Speculation suspects, it may be canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis, but further controversy surrounds the fight due to Hearn keeping Andrade out of high profile fights.
Andrade has held the Middleweight WBO Title since 2018 and holds 29 wins, 18 of which were knockouts, yet he has yet to fight a renowned opponent. Badlefthook describes Andrade as a, “…still-unproven champion” going up against Williams, the mandatory for the WBO Title, who holds a record of 22 wins (17 KOs), 2 draws and 1 loss. Even in Boxingnews24’s article on Sunday, Hearn’s matchup decisions have been highly criticized, stating that he has, “…failed miserably when it comes to putting him in with live bodies.”
Despite Williams’ modest record, the fact that this fight is considered a step up for Andrade speaks volumes to boxing fans on Twitter. Fans call out on Twitter requesting Andrade to fight popular contenders like Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez who holds a record of 49 wins (34 KOs), 1 draw and 2 loss. In contrasting their records, it is clear that Canelo provides a far more dangerous fight for Andrade and yet, Andrade still holds the title with far fewer wins and bouts.
In discussions with The Athletic, Hearn explained that the WBO had ordered that the Andrade v Williams fight be announced. Though no significant communication has been initiated between the two parties, Hearn postulates a June date for the fight to commence in Andrade’s hometown, Providence.
We can only hope that if Andrade reigns victorious, the next match up we see is against a higher profile name such as Canelo, Jermall Charlo or Liam Smith. However, with news of Williams’ progress and improvements, the upcoming June bout is sure to prove a demanding fight for the WBO middleweight titleholder, Andrade!