Everyone wants a piece of Canelo Alvarez, but only the chosen have ever stepped inside the squared circle with the Mexican maestro.
The current three-belt super middleweight champion thrashed Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday at the AT&T Stadium to unify the WBC, WBA (Super) and WBO titles and is just one win away from becoming undisputed at 168. Knowing it was going to be the hardest boxing match, Saunders suffered the first defeat of his professional career.
Meanwhile, there is another name that has come out of the Arlington venue on the same night of the fight, and that is Demetrius Andrade, the WBO middleweight champion who got into a heated exchange with Canelo following the fight.
Andrade throws challenge, Canelo is least bothered
Andrade already made his presence felt during the main event of the night. As Canelo and Saunders locked horns in the ring, the 33-year-old was caught in the camera among the crowds.
However, ‘Boo Boo’ was greeted with boos from the audience as he was seen wearing a T-shirt that read, “Canelo and Billy Joe are scared to fight Boo Boo Andrade”. And the histrionics were just getting started.
As Canelo appeared in front of the media after securing the 38th KO of his career, Andrade emerged among the reporters, interrupting the champion to take a shot at him claiming Canelo has been avoiding a fight, to hype up a possible future clash between the two.
However for Canelo, the challenge was far from interesting as he completely negated Andrade by saying “get the f*** out of here, you’ve fought nobody” as the latter was escorted by the security.
Despite Canelo laughingly waiving off Andrade, the undefeated boxer made it clear that he is completely focused on having a fight with the Mexican.
“The window for the elite fighters is closing, and everybody is beating everybody, so the best needs to fight the best,” Andrade spoke to The Ring, “that’s it. That’s what it’s going to take – the best actually stepping up and saying, ‘Yeah, let’s fight.'”
“I don’t want to fight anyone else. Nobody cares about anybody else but the names that we all know,” he added.
While Andrade’s aim is fixed on a fight, chances are very less that ‘Cinnamon’ will accept the challenge in the near future, as Canelo recently revealed that he wants to remain at 168 even after becoming the undisputed champion, for which he will have to defeat IBF titleholder Caleb Plant in a fight speculated for late 2021.