What’s Next For WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade?

Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs) defeated Walter Kautondokwa (17-1, 16 KOs) this past Saturday, October 20, to obtain the vacant WBO Middleweight title. Andrade won an impressive unanimous decision in which he knocked down Kautondokwa four times.

The fight was a breeze for Andrade as he won with scores of 120-104, 120-104 and 119-105. Now the new WBO Middleweight champion, Andrade looks for the biggest fights in the division.

Andrade is in need of a big name on his resume to grow in the sport, as he wants to be a star.

His resume is not the best, and his biggest win to date is a victory over Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) for the WBO Super Welterweight title in 2013.

Now signed with Matchroom Boxing, Andrade will fight on the DAZN streaming service and has what he has been lacking, a team behind him with the access to the worlds top boxers.

Matchroom Boxing, along with DAZN and the WBO Middleweight title is the recipe for success in the second half of Andrade’s career.

The best matchups for Andrade in the Middleweight division are Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs), Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs), Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs).


Daniel Jacobs 

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Daniel Jacobs has a bout scheduled with Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF Middleweight title this upcoming Saturday, October 27. With a win, Jacobs vs. Andrade would be inevitable. It would be a Middleweight unification bout, and easy to make as both fighters are signed to Matchroom Boxing.

Jacobs has no problem facing the best fighters in the world.

This matchup would be Andrade’s toughest of his career, on the biggest stage in boxing as DAZN continues to grow. Jacobs the puncher, against Andrade the boxer is a great stylistic matchup.

A Middleweight unification bout against Jacobs may potentially make Andrade a household name and is the fight he is in need of.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko 

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Sergiy Derevyanchenko is set to fight against Daniel Jacobs as previously mentioned. A win for Derevyanchenko would make him the IBF Middleweight champion, and the big name fights would follow.

Andrade turned down a fight with Derevyanchenko in December of 2016, as he didn’t have enough time for a full training camp to prepare for the contender.

This matchup would be two technical boxers trying to figure each other, and make for an entertaining fight.

The potential of two new Middleweight champions is intriguing and needs to be explored should Sergiy Derevyanchenko win the IBF title.

Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin is coming off of his first career loss in September to Canelo Alvarez. GGG will jump at the chance to regain a belt in the Middleweight division.

Demetrius Andrade vs. GGG makes sense for each fighter at this point in their careers. GGG needs the chance to be on top of the division, and the path would go through Andrade. Andrade needs to beat an elite opponent, GGG is just that.

No fighter has figured out GGG, outside of Canelo Alvarez. If Andrade were to win this fight in convincing fashion there would be no denying his potential.

Canelo Alvarez

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Canelo Alvarez is the man in boxing and in the Middleweight division.

There would be no bigger fight to make in the division than a unification fight with three belts on the line.

Andrade would be looking at his biggest payday and toughest opponent in this matchup.

DAZN wants to put the best against the best, this matchup would be great for the division and boxing.

Demetrius Andrade has stated he feels he’s an elite fighter and needs to prove it given the opportunity.


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