Through Jim Calfa: Eddie Hearn is fed up after learning of WBO’s decision to order Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade to defend his middleweight title against his mandatory WBO challenger Zhanibek Alimkhanuly then, and he says he could jump to 168 in 2022 to become Canelo Alvarez’s mandated challenger.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn has lost patience with Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) being stuck with another mandatory after his recent victory over the mandated challenger Liam williams last April.
Hearn wanted Andrade to have time to set up a unification fight against WBC champion Jermall Charlo after Demetrius’ No.1 challenger Jaime Munguia bailed outt, choosing not to challenge ‘Boo Boo’ for his title.
You can understand why Munguia chose not to fight Andrade, as he would likely be outmatched and easily beaten. Munguia has power, but as we saw in his controversial victory over Dennis Hogan, he has very little boxing ability.
Andrade stuck with an unnamed mandatory
Instead of having Munguia or Charlo, Andrade, 33, is in an unenviable position to defend against tough 2016 Kazah Olympian Zhanibek (11-0, 7 KOs), a fight that will be difficult to promote for Hearn because it is another obscure adversary for Demetrios.
While Zhanibek has a lot of talent and punching power, he’s completely unknown in the United States among casual boxing fans, and Hearn would have a hard time trying to market this match.
Demetrius could rise to 168
“Maybe Andrade goes to 168 to become [Caneloâs WBO] obligatory as a WBO world champion, âsaid a frustrated Eddie Hearn, shortly after learning that the World Boxing Organization had ordered Demetrius to defend against No.2 Zhanibek Alimkhanuly.
“But we have to do something because we can’t go and fight this fight [Demetrius vs. Zhanibek]an angry Hearn said.
Assuming Andrade throws his 160-pound WBO title in the nearest trash can, he can jump to 168 and become Canelo‘s mandatory WBO challenger, according to WBO rules allowing their champions to gain weight and become first place in the above division.
Canelo has had some negative things to say about Andrade recently, calling him a “horrible fighter” which is good. But if the Mexican star is to retain his 168-pound WBO title, he’ll have to defend against Andrade if he steps up to super middleweight.
It would be a brilliant move from Hearn to force Canelo’s hand to shut up or shut up and relinquish his title. If Canelo chooses to ignore Demetrius, he will have to give up his 168-pound WBO belt and he will no longer be seen as the undisputed super middleweight champion.
At 168, Andrade would be able to take on these best guys:
- David Benavidez
- David Morrell Jr
- Edgar Berlanga
- Danny jacobs
- Gabe Rosado
- David Lemieux
- Caleb plant