Demetrius Andrade, world middleweight champion by the OMB, he assured that Billy Joe Saunders does not have the ability to defeat Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
“I just don’t think I have the strength to defeat Canelo“, I consider Andrade in an interview with Boxing Scene. “Y Canelo has improved a bit, where you can cut the ring against someone like Billy joe. In that fight against Martin Murray (from Saunders), in the final rounds he looked bad ”.
Saul and Billy joe They will meet next Saturday, May 8 at the AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, in a unification bout of the 168-pound belts of the WBC, WBA and OMB.
In October 2018, Demetrius and the Brit were scheduled to get in the ring, but as Saunders he tested positive for an anti-doping, the contest had to be canceled.
“Canelo It has shown that, perhaps, it can carry a little power (at 168 pounds), ”he said. “Try to be a little more agile and move. From your last fight Saunders he looked like shit when he fought against Martin Murray. He could do nothing. He didn’t really dominate the way he should, the way someone good, talented, should have done against Martin Murray. If you do that same kind of fight with Canelo, I think that Canelo He is going to defeat him ”.
On December 4, 2020, Billy joe made his second defense of the super middleweight belt against Murray, whom he defeated by unanimous decision in 12 rounds by cards of 120-109, 118-110 and 120-109.
“It’s like throwing punches and he stays in one place to throw a power punch,” he said. Andrade about the fight of Saunders in view of David lemieux. “When you have someone who knows how to box and move, and they can scoff at that and frustrate them for their natural ability, I can’t make that comparison.”
Criticism of Canelo
Demetrius Andrade remains undefeated in 29 fights, winning 18 via knockout and will defend the middleweight belt of the OMB for the fourth time on April 17 against Liam Williams.
On the opponents chosen by Canelo Alvarez, Andrade opined.
“He is facing the right rivals and he does it at the right time, as I said,” he considered. Demetrius. “What (Sergey) Kovalev, facing it when he was 40 years old. (Miguel) Cotto, (Shane) Mosley. Put weight restrictions on Danny Jacobs and that kind of thing ”.