In a recent interview, the WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders from Britain announced that he was ready to fight the American Demetrius Andrade if he renounces the title in the same version in the middle division and rises to him in the weight category. Andrade, in turn, declares that he is not going to be led by Saunders and will fight with him only if the WBO will allow him to leave the title.
“I’ve been talking about this fight for many years now and I think now is a good time for him. This fight is necessary for boxing and we need it. But I’m not going to do anything, because that’s what Billy Joe Saunders says. And now he insists that I give up the title and move up to the second middle weight. No, I will not do that.
I will not give up my title because I do not believe Saunders. If I stick to these conditions, then I’m guaranteed to meet with Billy Joe. If you want the fight to take place, then let’s do it. I don’t know why he insists that I leave the title. This is not the problem. If the WBO allows me to rise without giving up the title, then I will fight, ”Andarde said.