Eddie Hearn, promoter of Demetrius Andrade, has assured that his boxer will get a crack at WBC, WBA middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Hearn’s company has an exclusive deal with streaming service DAZN. And Canelo recently signed an 11-fight, five year deal with DAZN.
Andrade put himself directly in the mix by winning the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Walter Kautondokwa of Namibia on Saturday night in Boston.
Andrade (26-0, 16 knockouts) dropped Kautondokwa four times in the first four rounds, once in the first and third, and twice in the fourth.
Glen Feldman and Marcus McDonnell scored the fight 120-104. Ramon Cerdan scored it 119-105.
Andrade, of Providence, Rhode Island, previously held in the WBO and World Boxing Association junior middleweight titles. He was also a member of the 2008 US Olympic Team. Kautondokwa, the WBO African middleweight champion, dropped to 17-1 with 16 knockouts.
“I believe after a one-year layoff, my second bout at 160, and the new middleweight champion of the world, Demetrius Andrade! I feel good, I definitely think I carried my power well and we’re just going to keep building and growing for the 160 lb. division and I want to fight the best out there,” Andrade said.
“Walter’s a strong tough guy and he can hang in there with the best. We had to make adjustments. I used my boxing ability and everything I was taught and worked on in the gym. He ain’t never been 12 rounds before and I haven’t for a long time…I’m sailing a yacht and we sunk him.
“He kept coming forward and he didn’t show any weakness so I took my time and put my punches together. He was actually getting stronger as the fight went on and I just kept doing what I had to do…kept doing my business and smiling. It’s great baby. Three-time world champion. We made history.”
Kautondokwa, 32, was a replacement for Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders tested positive for oxilofrine, a stimulant, in a drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency. Saunders vacated his title after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission declined to give him a license in a hearing on Oct. 9.
Hearn wants Andrade and Canelo to eventually face each other in a unification.
”Canelo has an 11-fight deal,” Hearn said. ”One of them will be against Andrade.”