Demetrius Andrade made it look too easy..
The WBO middleweight champion dropped Luke Keeler twice before eventually securing a ninth-round TKO at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday of Super Bowl week. Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) defended his title for a third consecutive time.
He then called out stiffer competition — WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
"I want to go up to 168 (pounds), fight Billy Joe 'Joke-Ass' Saunders my next fight, and that's what I'm looking to do," Andrade told DAZN in his postfight interview. "Since (Matchroom Boxing USA promoter) Eddie (Hearn) has that big book and that big bank, well, offer Billy Joe Saunders that check, so I could whoop his ass too."
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Andrade and Saunders were supposed to fight in October 2018, but Saunders failed a drug test and the bout was canceled. The fact Saunders stands an identical 29-0 would seemingly make a fight between the two must-see.
Andrade also expressed interest in fighting WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) in a unification bout.
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Asking for a bump up in competition is understandable, considering how dominating Andrade looked against Keeler. Seconds after the opening bell, Andrade scored his first knockdown with a sharp left hand. "Boo Boo" detonated an overhand left that dropped the Irish fighter in the second round, as well.
After going for home-run hits to end the fight over the next couple of rounds, especially the third, Andrade settled down and proceeded to produce a boxing clinic. He tagged Keeler at will and demoralized him in his U.S. debut.
The end of the bout came when Andrade peppered Keeler with a barrage of punches, which gave the referee no choice but to wave off the fight at