By Mark Elezaj
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) sent a message loud and clear to his doubters, the unified champion Canelo Alvarez and the former champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in front a home crowd of 7,136 last night.
After knocking down Maciej Sulecki (28-2, 11 KOs), 30, of Poland in the first round, Andrade put on a show, easily out boxing his opponent throughout, winning the fight by a unanimous decision last night at the Dunkin Donuts Center, live on DAZN, retaining his WBO middleweight title. All three judges scored the bout 120-107, keeping Andrade on a collision course for a potential showdown with GGG or Canelo.
The Fighting Voice also scored the bout 120-107.
After the fight, Andrade didn’t waste any time letting everyone know how he felt!
“If I would’ve stopped him? No. If I outbox him? No,” Andrade said of other top middleweights’ desire to face him. “I still beat [Sulecki] for 12 rounds. If you want to say you’re a legend and you’re the top guy, then you need to come this way. There’s no other way. I don’t want to fight the bottom guys. Sulecki is a top-10 guy. There are no more. I keep beating them, I keep beating them, I just keep beating them.”
“I am the best out here. He stepped up to the plate. Sulecki was a tough guy. He wasn’t taking no for an answer,” Andrade said. “He came to fight, though, and I did what I had to do, and that’s look pretty. Tall, black, handsome.”
CompuBox punch statistics, showed just how dominant Andrade was, landing 133 of 496 shots (27%) while Sulecki only landed 51 of 331 (15%).
“Sulecki was a great fighter. Top-10 guy, he came after it all night and let me utilize my tools,” Andrade said. “I gave people another great 12 rounds of boxing. I used my jab. Sulecki is no pushover.”
He didn’t stop there, continuing to call out the IBF/WBA middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Golovkin for a September showdown.
“Where’s Canelo? Where’s GGG? What’s the holdup?” Andrade said. “I didn’t look past Sulecki. I just knew I was going to beat him.”
“(Sulecki) ain’t no Steve Rolls, ain’t no Rocky Fielding. So Canelo, where your cajones at? Let’s get it,” Andrade said.
Canelo is coming off of a 12-round decision win over Daniel Jacobs this past May in Las Vegas, Nevada. He remains without an opponent for his return to the ring in September although there have been talks of a third fight with Golovkin. There are also rumors going around that say Canelo is considering a move up to light heavyweight to face three-time champion Sergey Kovalev.
“Forget the WBC s***. Whatever that ‘Franchise’ belt is,” said Andrade, “Let’s go, Canelo. Let’s unify this division.
“Let’s have one champion. It’s right here. Let’s do it. No more running, no more games. Let’s put it all on the line and see who is the best. Mano y mano. Viva Mexico!”
Andrade wants the fight with either Canelo or Golovkin. The good news is that the fight can easily be made since all three fighters are signed to DAZN, it’s just a matter of when and how.
~ The Fighting Voice ~