Eddie Hearn credits Demetrius Andrade for remaining focused while the high-profile fights Andrade wants continue to elude him.
The unbeaten WBO middleweight champion will make an optional defense of his 160-pound crown versus Jason Quigley on November 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs), a southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island, continued calling out Canelo Alvarez and Jermall Charlo after he defeated Liam Williams on April 17.
Mexico’s Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) proceeded with his plan to fully unify the super middleweight titles by knocking out Caleb Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) on November 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Houston’s Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs), the WBC middleweight champion, still does not have a fight scheduled.
Hearn – whose company, Matchroom Boxing, promotes Andrade – discussed the 2008 U.S. Olympian’s predicament during a recent appearance on the “Boxing With Chris Mannix” podcast.
“I’ve gotta give my props to Demetrius,” Hearn said. “Like, it must be incredibly frustrating being Demetrius Andrade. But still, he’s getting himself up for it, getting himself ready. He’s got Jason Quigley now, coming out. It’s a good fight. It’s not the Charlo fight. But, you know, he’s fighting Liam Williams, he’s fighting Jason Quigley, he’s fighting all these guys in the top 15. And at least he’s not sitting on the shelf, just waiting. He’s getting out there and being active and fighting.”
England’s Hearn acknowledged his own frustration for failing to make more meaningful fights for the 33-year-old Andrade. An inability to make an Andrade-Charlo clash has been particularly perplexing to Hearn.
“And I don’t know what to do, Chris,” Hearn said. “You know, it’s not often I’m lost for ideas or words. But if the champions won’t fight Demetrius Andrade, what can you do? We’ve said we’d do [the Charlo fight] on FOX, we’ll do it, you know, I just don’t understand how Charlo can’t fight Andrade. They’re two undefeated, American world champions. And I can’t even tell you it’s close. I can’t even tell you there’s been one conversation about it. What is all that about? … And by the way, it’s not like he’s looked unbeatable [against Williams].”
Andrade defeated Wales’ Williams (23-3-1, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision in a main event DAZN streamed seven months ago from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Williams appeared to buzz Andrade with a right hand during the ninth round, but Andrade had dropped Williams during the second round and the two-division champion won comfortably on all three scorecards (118-109, 118-109, 116-111).
DAZN also will stream the 12-round bout between Andrade and Quigley (19-1, 14 KOs) as a main event from SNHU Arena.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.