One a part of what we’ll see subsequent for Demetrius Andrade appears settled, as Andrade indicated in a Tweet this weekend that he’ll defend his WBO middleweight title this summer season, and despatched respect to Liam Williams after their Saturday bout:
Congrats @Liamwilliamsko & @dominicingle on an incredible battle and for exhibiting how powerful u are, Liam u can be world champ sooner or later! Nothing however respect!! Due to the followers who watched and help boxing. Wanting ahead to defending my @WorldBoxingOrg in the summertime. #ATean
— Demetrius Andrade (@BooBooAndrade) April 18, 2021
There was some thought that Andrade (30-0, 18 KO) might transfer as much as tremendous middleweight, however as talked about earlier than, whereas he might get an order for a title shot from the WBO for doing so, it wouldn’t come till subsequent yr. Billy Joe Saunders presently has that belt and is dealing with WBC/WBA titlist Canelo Alvarez on Could 8. If Canelo wins, his purpose can be to battle Caleb Plant, the IBF titlist, within the fall. If Saunders wins, you’d anticipate a direct rematch with Canelo, or for Saunders-Plant to then grow to be the purpose.
Both approach, Andrade’s not getting a title shot at 168 subsequent, so staying at 160 with the belt appears the wisest transfer.
As for an opponent, that’s not clear. The most effective and best possibility may be Jaime Munguia, the No. 1 ranked contender by the WBO. However Munguia is about to battle June 19 towards an opponent TBA, and actually, Andrade-Munguia has by no means actually been introduced up by both facet.
It’s not going to be Jermall Charlo, who fights June 19 towards Juan Macias Montiel, and it’s in all probability not going to be Gennadiy Golovkin, who would possibly battle Ryota Murata in a December unification and has proven no real interest in Andrade, actually. In concept, that will even be a straightforward battle to make (each are with DAZN), but it surely doesn’t appear within the combine.
The highest-ranked contenders after Munguia and the just-beaten Williams are Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, Esquiva Falcao, Danny Dignum (who went to a draw with Andrey Sirotkin on the weekend), Kanat Islam, David Papot, Dennis Radovan, Denzel Bentley, and Patrice Volny.