Focused Andrade Laughs Off
Keeler's 'Delusional' Jibe
Demetrius Andrade has laughed of Luke Keeler branding him
Ďdeludedí as he prepares to defend his WBO World
Middleweight title against the Irishman at the Meridian at
Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday January 30, live on DAZN
in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Andrade (28-0 17 KOs) puts his strap on the line for the
third time having landed become a two-weight king having won
the vacant title against Walter Kautondokwa in October 2018
in Boston and then seeing off Artur Akavov with a final
round stoppage in New York in January 2019 and then
thrilling his hometown of Providence, RI with a dominant
points win over Maciej Sulecki.
ĎBoo Booí has been hunting showdowns fellow champions and
elite names like Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and
Jermall Charlo, but challenger Keeler (17-2-1 5 KOs)
labelled those ambitions as delusional and believes the 31
year old is making the mistake of looking past Thursday
Andrade told Keeler he was wide of the mark with those
comments as the pair faced-off for the first time today in
Miami, and the champion wants to prove his credentials at
the top level
ďDelusional? Thatís a good one!Ē said Andrade. ďIíll give
Luke credit where itís due, itís hard to get people to get
in there with me and itís his first World title fight, so I
am expecting him to bring his A-game
ďIím bringing mine too as I know what itís like. Iíve been
to the Olympics and to me thereís no bigger platform, but
this is a massive stage and no other fighter or network has
done this, Iím going to give him the beating of his life.
Heís said that he would fight me for free, Iíd say that you
should want to get paid because these shots donít come easy!
Iím just very excited to get things in motion and prepare
myself to get in great shape.
ďIíve never watched a lot of fighters, I just concentrate on
me. Itís all about me and doing what I need to do to beat
anyone thatís put in front of me, and thatís get in shape,
stay fast, work on my range and timing. Whatever is being
brought to me, through my work ethic and preparation I am
able to weather any storm, adjust, land the shots I need to
land and relax, because Iíve been doing this for a very long
time and thereís nothing I havenít seen style-wise.
ďIíll never get too comfortable though and think ĎIím better
than you so I donít have to trainí Ė every fight is a
multi-million dollar fight because if I donít perform and
win, the opportunities go out the window. I donít slack on
one punch or one training session because of that.Ē
Andrade and Keeler clash on a huge night of action in Super
Bowl week with Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) defending his
IBF World Super Featherweight title against JoJo Diaz (30-1,
15 KOs), unified World Super Bantamweight champion Daniel
Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) defending his titles against Murodjon
Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6 KOs) and YouTube stars Jake Paul and
AnEsonGib clashing on their pro debuts.
Super-Middleweight contender Anthony Sims Jr (20-0 18 KOs)
fights for his first pro title against Roamer Alexis Angulo
(25-1 22 KOs) and a host of young talents are in action in
the form of Movladdin Biyarslanov (5-0 4 KOs), Austin
Williams (4-0 3 KOs), Alexis Espino (4-0 3 KOs), Otha Jones
III (4-0 1 KO) and Avril Mathie (4-0-1 2 KOs).