Demetrius Andrade was in attendance for this past weekend’s Danny Garcia-Lamont Peterson “PBC” clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Andrade, who is not an Al Haymon fighter, seemed to enjoy himself and was very impressed by the innovations in the production and the glitz and the glamor that goes into the live “PBC” shows.
Andrade was set to fight one of Haymon’s fighters in December of last year, Jermell Charlo, before dropping out due to his lack of knowledge of an actual contracted deal. It appeared as though things were back on track for an early 2015 fight, but Charlo ended up facing Vanes Martirosyan instead.
In all likelihood, Andrade would have to appear on a “PBC” card if he wants to fight a Haymon fighter, although Jermell is contracted by Golden Boy, so other opportunities present themselves if that ends up being an option. Andrade seemed open to the idea of the grand exposure that comes with the “PBC” series and said so in a recent interview with John Russell of Fighthype.com.
“I’m just here to support the sport of boxing and see some great fights. Get a little taste to see what they doing over here. Definitely doing some business with scouting. I’m scouting to see what it would be like for Demetrius Andrade to be on ‘Premiere Boxing Champions,’” Andrade told Fighthype.com.
Andrade has voiced his frustrations in recent months, claiming that he is being avoided. He is a belt holder in the junior middleweight division, and he is definitely having a hard time finding suitable opposition when you consider his status in the division. Andrade is looking for the best fights, and he is hoping that the politics of boxing don’t factor into his lack of options as he moves forward with his 2015 campaign.
“The people want to see boxing, they want to see great fighters, and they want to be in a good atmosphere and a good venue. The Barclays is state-of-the-art right now.”
I don’t know if we’ll see Andrade in a “PBC” ring anytime soon, but he seems open to the idea.
“It’s free, you don’t have to have ShowTime, you don’t have to have HBO. You’d get to see Demetrius Andrade for free. They already tuning in for free so why not? Yeah, man, I’d love to be here.”