Andrade & Sulecki Draw Battle Lines In Providence
Demetrius Andrade and Maciej Sulecki came face-to-face for
the first time as they prepare to clash in Andrade’s first
hometown fight and second defense of his WBO World
Middleweight title at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in
Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday June 29, live on DAZN
in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Andrade (27-0 17 KOs) has had to wait to top the bill in his
Providence backyard but does so in the most important fight
of his spotless career – with promoter Eddie Hearn rightly
calling ‘Boo Boo’s’ WBO strap the missing piece of the
undisputed puzzle at 160lbs.
The two-time two-weight World ruler has made no secret of
his desire to fight WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring magazine king
Canelo Alvarez for all the marbles, so victory against the
rugged Pole is a must on June 29.
Sulecki (28-1 11 KOs) has promised to rip the title from
Andrade and launch himself into that A1 position himself,
and the 30 year old showed both his ability, desire and
heart in a rollercoaster clash with Gabriel Rosado in
Philadelphia in March.
That win landed Sulecki the shot at Andrade, but the
champion believes that this is a breakout fight for him and
the challengers style will provide him with the perfect
showcase for his undisputed credentials.
“It’s that time – Providence, Rhode Island – wow,” said
Andrade. “It’s my homecoming, it’s an exciting moment for
me, my family and my team. It’s a great honor to be
headlining at home.
“Maciej is a good fighter, there’s no doubt. He’s had some
tough grueling fights, he’s shown balls to win, but on June
29 that won’t happen. I’ve got an answer for everything he
brings and this is my time – he’s got this far, but he goes
no further – no one is stopping this train.
“I’ve been through a lot, people see me smiling but I’ve had
to fight hard to be World champion, twice, and now I’ve got
the chance to show my people what I do. The wolf is coming
out, I’m breaking bones and biting hard – Sulecki comes to
fight ad that’s what I want, he’s going to show my skills
off and show that I am the man in this division.”
“I want to thank the Polish fans and American fans for
supporting me,” said Sulecki. “I am here because I want to
win this fight and I will be 100 per cent ready. He’s a good
fighter, a two-time World champion, but he’s not boxed
anyone as good as me. It’s my dream to be World champion and
on June 29 that dream comes true.”
“The WBO is the final link to undisputed,” said Hearn.
“There’s a guy called Canelo with the other belts but you
cannot be undisputed without this belt, and the winner on
June 29 takes a step closer to being undisputed.
“Demetrius has been searching for that fighter that comes to
fight – and Maciej comes to fight every time. He will never,
ever go into his shell, he’s coming to fight for every
second of the 12 three-minute World championship rounds.
“I have wanted to bring a fight to Dunkin’ Donuts since we
signed Demetrius and this is the first World title fight in
Rhode Island in 28 years – we need the city to get behind
this event and this great Providence fighter, this is your
opportunity to come out and support an elite fighter that is
one of your own.
“There will be a great undercard announced next week in
support of this brilliant World title fight, with another
World title fight and a big Heavyweight title fight plus
lots of young talents and local favorites.”