Canelo Alvarez has recently been involved in some heated exchanges with Demetrius Andrade, and the entire back and forth has irked Claressa Shields, the two time undisputed world champion who has taken some shots at Canelo for his words.
Canelo’s first verbal clash against Andrade took place following the Mexican’s 8-round TKO win over Billy Joe Saunders last Saturday, when he became the WBC, WBA (Super) and WBO super middleweight champion of the world.
After negating Andrade’s challenge for a fight in the postgame interview and even telling the WBO middleweight titleholder to “get the f*** out of here”. However, looking back in time, its not the first time that Canelo has thumbed down a faceoff against Andrade.
Back in October 2019, Canelo had addressed Andrade as a “very boring” fighter who “hasn’t fought against anybody”, something that he repeated last weekend right on Andrade’s face. Moreover in April last year, Canelo completely dismissed any notion of fighting “Boo Boo” in the future.
Andrade has always called Canelo to fight: Shields
Meanwhile, Canelo’s attitude and ignorance towards Andrade has rubbed up another legendary figure in the sport, Claressa Shields, who has taken a stance in support of her fellow American pugilist, and called out Canelo for calling Andrade “worthless”, as well as wording on how the three-belt champion at 168 once missed the chances of becoming undisputed at 160.
“Canelo Alvarez had a few belts at 160lb and could have been undisputed and could have fought for the undisputed belt.” Shields said in a recent interview, “for some strange reason he went to 168lb and then 175lb.”
The boxer-cum-mixed martial artist referred back to Canelo’s days in the middleweight division, where he became the WBC and WBA (Super) titleholders. He would later also move up to light heavyweight and win the WBO belt.
Moreover, the two-time Olympics gold medallist pointed out that Andrade himself represented the US in the Olympic Games, and called him a better opponent for Canelo, compared to Saunders.
“I can’t believe Canelo said that Andrade was a horrible fighter,” Shields went on, “Andrade is not a horrible fighter, he is an American USA olympian, and he has always called Alvarez to fight.”