WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade sounded off on Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Two weeks ago at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Andrade was ringside to watch Canelo stop Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds to unify the WBC, WBO, WBA super middleweight titles.
Canelo is now targeting a full division unification with IBF champion Caleb Plant for September.
In the aftermath of the fight with Saunders, Andrade crashed the post-fight press conference and exchanged heated words with Canelo.
Eventually, Canelo had security remove Andrade and his father from the room.
Andrade is not very happy with the way their verbal confrontation played out.
According to the unbeaten champion, he tried to give Canelo respect and received very little in return.
“I gave him respect – ‘Canelo, good job, now when can we make it happen?’ He’s a coward, a coward. That’s some coward sh!t. You can’t give people the opportunity to fight, about money or not about money. Give people the opportunity to make a name for themselves but I can’t do that, that’s cowardly,” Andrade told the AK & Barak show on DAZN.
“Callum Smith, he fought a load of old guys in Europe and all of a sudden he’s getting the fight. What did Billy Joe do to get that fight? He went twelve rounds with Martin Murray. I tried to fight Billy Joe and go up to 168-pounds. Billy Joe said he’d knock me out rather than wait for Canelo. It was all smoke and mirrors to maybe make more money. They used my name for leverage. If me and Billy Joe would have fought, I think I have the confidence and ability to beat him.
“If you think you can beat me, then come and fight me next, because then you’ll make way more money against Canelo. I tried to make it happen and Canelo shut it down, because he’s a powerful guy and he has the luxury to do these things.”