Demetrius Andrade (proper) takes it to Alantez Fox en path to a 12-round unanimous resolution on October 21, 2017. Picture courtesy of HBO Boxing.
Alantez Fox might be an observer when Demetrius Andrade defends his WBO 160-pound title towards obligatory challenger Liam Williams on Saturday.
Fox has beforehand shared the ring with each males. He misplaced his unbeaten document when he was outpointed by Andrade (UD 12) in October 2017. After exchanging barbs with Williams on social media, Fox met the Welshman and was stopped in 5 rounds in December 2019.
The 29-year-old American believes the combat has all of the elements to carry out the easiest in each incumbents.
“I believe it’s going to be an excellent combat,” Fox (27-2-1, 12 knockouts) advised The Ring. “I believe the combat is definitely going to be boxer vs. brawler. Nearly like you’ll be able to image a Ray Leonard-Marvin Hagler combat.
“I see Demetrius Andrade being essentially the most flashy of the 2 guys and the boxer and I see Liam Williams – don’t get flawed he can field – making an attempt to bully Demetrius Andrade the entire time. Whoever’s will can prevail, would be the winner.”
Fox feels Andrade is a powerful technical boxer, who brings plenty of ring savvy.
“I believe Demetrius Andrade is a positively a sensible, expert puncher,” acknowledged Fox, who’s now campaigning up at tremendous middleweight and was the backup for David Benavidez-Ronald Ellis final month. “He has a very good punch placement. He has a very good ring I.Q. He’s going to play it as protected as he’s allowed to. He doesn’t go in there and take pure dangers.”
He feels Williams all-action aggressive nature may serve him effectively.
“Williams brings plenty of vitality to the ring,” mentioned Fox. “I bear in mind in our combat, I appeared throughout the ring at him, he was pacing forwards and backwards. He was able to go in there. He’s fairly robust however I don’t know if he’s stronger or not than Demetrius Andrade however he’s positively going to go in there and press the difficulty.”
Fox feels Andrade can’t let himself get out-hustled and must be totally dialed in however not get too grasping.
“Liam Williams is robust, you’ll be able to’t sit on the ropes,” he defined. “It’s important to hold the exercise up, you need to be in form, transfer and outbox him for 12-rounds. Until you are feeling you’ll be able to harm him and knock him out. It’s important to be on level with the whole lot you’re doing, your protection, getting out and in, you’ll be able to’t sit there and permit him to reap the benefits of your inactivity.
“[Williams] is at all times prepared to leap in there with a mixture. He’s not a one punch individual, he’s a mixture puncher, he’s going to maintain the work fee and exercise up.
“If Demetrius Andrade goes in there to attempt to knock Liam Williams out, he’s going to be in for a impolite awakening however he’s smarter than that however I don’t suppose he’s going to go in there with a chip on his shoulder. I believe he’s going to go in there do no matter he must do.”
Conversely, Fox believes that though Williams would be the aggressor and look to get on the within, the challenger must be measured and disciplined so to not stroll into one thing on his manner in.
“Demetrius Andrade is nice at putting his punches, I imagine Liam Williams has to maneuver his head transferring ahead, have his protection A1,” mentioned Fox. “You’ll get tagged with pictures; Demetrius Andrade can field. Your counters should be actually on level.
“I don’t suppose Liam Williams will let him dictate the tempo, he’s going to push the tempo and make Demetrius Andrade field and thoughts his Ps and Qs your complete time. When you’re not in a position to field like that towards Liam Williams, you’re going to lose. When you’re not 100% or 90 p.c to field Liam Williams he’s going to overwhelm you. I don’t suppose Demetrius Andrade goes to have the ability to hold the tempo low.”
Fox broke down every fighter in 10 key classes:
Demetrius Andrade: I believe Demetrius Andrade’s jab is a little bit higher. Each Demetrius Andrade and Liam Williams have been in a position to land jabs on me. Liam Williams being the shorter man, he was ready to make use of his legs, shut that distance to land that jab. Demetrius Andrade, who’s shorter than me, he has a very good jab.
Andrade: Demetrius Andrade’s protection is unquestionably higher. I hit Liam Williams with extra pictures than I hit Demetrius Andrade with however Liam Williams is nice although. Liam Williams goes to be there to get hit, he’s going to be slipping, making an attempt to catch the pictures. Whenever you’re the pursuer, you’re going to take extra pictures than you’d usually.
Andrade: I believe [this category is] extra even than folks suppose. I used to be a little bit drained once I fought Liam Williams so his arms have been wanting rather a lot sooner than I assumed. Perhaps Demetrius Andrade has slight edge in handspeed. I believe Andrade locations his punches a little bit higher.
Even: Demetrius Andrade tends to typically be overzealous and journey up rather a lot, it’s possibly as a result of he’s a southpaw, his lead foot at all times crosses over and makes him be off-balance extra usually. In our combat I dropped him however I actually didn’t should do something, he did that on his personal, I threw a punch that grazed and his footwork made it so he fell and I acquired the knockdown. Liam Williams makes use of a little bit little bit of footwork; he makes use of extra head motion to get ahead. I believe Demetrius Andrade could take a little bit of a bonus in that division however I don’t see Liam Williams falling round like that, so it possibly even.
Even: I believe Liam Williams is aware of the way to reap the benefits of the conditions he’s in. In my combat with Demetrius Andrade, he got here out in a single spherical as if he was going to take me out. When he went again to the nook his father advised him, ‘This man isn’t there, we received’t even attempt to take him out, it’s worthwhile to chill out.’ That goes to ring I.Q., you want to have the ability to acknowledge conditions you’re in. After I harm Liam Williams within the combat, he knew the way to cowl up, maintain, wrestle, that every one goes to ring I.Q. That could be essentially the most even Boxing.
Liam Williams: If I needed to gauge each of them, I could give the toughness and power edge to Liam Williams. He can in all probability take up extra punishment than Demetrius Andrade. That’s his combat path. If issues get tough for Andrade, I don’t know the way effectively he’ll handle on that. I don’t see Liam Williams boxing on the skin, I see him making an attempt to bully Demetrius Andrade.
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Williams: I’d give the sting to Liam Williams; I believe he may hit a little bit tougher. Liam Williams harm me within the third spherical and completed me within the fifth spherical.
Even: It’s laborious to say as a result of I didn’t hit Demetrius Andrade like that. I hit Liam Williams with a shot that harm him, I harm him to the physique. It’s important to say Liam Williams chin however I wasn’t in a position to Demetrius Andrade’s chin. In previous fights I’ve seen Demetrius Andrade dropped. Liam Williams has been stopped; it wasn’t as a result of he was harm however he was stopped. I harm him myself, I do know Liam Williams will be harm. I’m going with a no remark.
Andrade: Demetrius Andrade positively has higher abilities; he will get hit much less. I believe his boxing abilities are higher however I believe Liam Williams has good boxing abilities as effectively.
Andrade: I believe Andrade is the higher fighter all-around. He has zero loses, Williams has two. Liam Williams is the No. 1 contender. I don’t suppose Andrade is leagues higher, I simply suppose he’s higher.
Fox expects an evenly contested bout all through however leans towards the defending titleholder.
“I’m going with the boxer, I believe Demetrius Andrade’s boxing abilities and I.Q. will put him above [Williams],” mentioned Fox. “It’s going to be a choice. I don’t suppose he’ll knock Liam Williams out; I don’t suppose he’s going to even attempt to knock Liam Williams out. I can see all three judges giving it to Demetrius Andrade. I can see a 7 [rounds to] 5. Andrade’s going to know he’s been in a combat.”
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