Demetrius Andrade’s first combat considering the fact that January 30 had been scheduled for Friday night in Hollywood, Florida.
The unbeaten WBO middleweight champion’s layoff was extended once his not obligatory opponent, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, contracted COVID-19 and withdrew from their scheduled 12-round fight on the Daniel Jacobs-Gabe Rosado undercard. Eddie Hearn, Andrade’s promoter, now anticipates Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) will return to the ring in February to make his mandated championship protection in opposition t England’s Liam Williams.
Hearn expects an Andrade-Williams battle to headline a card DAZN would flow from an undetermined venue in Andrade’s place of birth of windfall, Rhode Island.
“So, he became because of battle Dusty Harrison,” Hearn explained throughout a virtual convention call Tuesday to promote the Jacobs-Rosado card. “He got COVID. We checked out some replacements for Demetrius. And to be honest, he just observed, ‘seem, I simply wanna be in big fights now and exquisite fights.’ So, you understand, he’s looking for that standout combat. He wants the Billy Joe Saunders fight. and that i suppose if Billy Joe Saunders doesn’t get Canelo Alvarez in may additionally, it will be Andrade towards Saunders, probably up at 168.
“however he also has a mandatory [defense] in opposition t Liam Williams. So, that’s who he’ll fight subsequent, Liam Williams, field to Andrade touchdown a big combat. And that can be in February, with a bit of luck with crowds back in providence.”
Williams (23-2-1, 18 KOs) knocked out Andrew Robinson (24-5-1, 7 KOs) within the first round of his most fresh combat, October 10 in Stratford, England. The 28-12 months-ancient Williams, the WBO’s quantity two-ranked challenger for Andrade’s 160-pound championship, has received seven consecutive bouts by using knockout or technical knockout on account that dropping a 12-circular majority decision to countryman Liam Smith (29-2-1, sixteen KOs) in November 2017 in Newcastle, England.
In Andrade’s most fresh bout, the skillful southpaw stopped Irish underdog Luke Keeler (17-3-1, 5 KOs) within the ninth round January 30 in Miami.
England’s Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) is determined to make the 2d protection of his WBO super middleweight title December 4. He’ll come across an extra Brit, Martin Murray (39-5-1, 17 KOs), in a 12-round main adventure DAZN will flow from Wembley arena in London.
Saunders became speculated to make a mandatory protection of the WBO middleweight crown against Andrade in October 2018 at TD garden in Boston.
The Massachusetts State Athletic fee denied Saunders’ request for a boxing license just before that bout once he established positive for a banned substance. The WBO later stripped Saunders of that championship.
Andrade as an alternative out-pointed Namibia’s Walter Kautondokwa (18-2, 17 KOs) by using unanimous choice of their 12-rounder to win the then-vacant WBO middleweight title. The 2008 U.S. Olympian has given that defended that title 3 times.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He will also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.