Demetrius Andrade looks like he’s filling in nicely into the super middleweight division. The 35-year-old somewhat towered over his competition at 154 pounds. He used those physical advantages and of course, his skills, to win a world title.
When his time at 154 passed, Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs) did what everyone does when they outgrow a division…he moved up. Life in the middleweight division was just as easy. No one came close to beating him.
But, much like his run at 154 pounds, it was difficult to get a top name to fight him. So while he could’ve stuck around a bit longer and fought a few more bottom feeders, Andrade figured that the super middleweight division was a bit more fun, he was right.
Demond Nicholson was used as a measuring stick for the former two-division champ. He needed to know what it felt like to fight a bigger man. So far, it was a walk in the park as Andrade scored two knockdowns en route to a flawless victory. In his second fight at 168 pounds, things will get a whole lot tougher.
On November 25th, David Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) is next up for Andrade. The current WBC interim titlist is fresh off the biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Plant.
From a distance, Jose Benavidez Sr. has been studying Andrade. From the awkward angles he throws his left hand from, to his crafty footwork on the outside – Jose knows his man extremely well.
Just from a skills standpoint, Jose acknowledges that Andrade brings a ton of puzzling tricks to the table. But if we’re focusing on just the physicality side of things, Jose isn’t worried in the slightest.
“If David comes 100% ready, this guys going to sleep,” said Jose Benavidez Sr. during an interview with MillCity Boxing recently. “David’s too strong man. David is a natural 168. To me, he’s a little guy coming up to 168.”