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Demetrius Andrade says he is looking for legacy bouts ahead of Demond Nicholson fight

Demetrius Andrade and Demond Nicholson

Former two-weight world titleholder Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade 31-0 (19) insists he is not looking past Demond ‘D’Bestatit’ Nicholson 26-4-1 (22) ahead of their 10-round super middleweight clash at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC on January 7, but he is already calling out other boxers.

The 34-year-old southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island has had a stop-start career. Despite winning his maiden world title when he claimed the vacant WBO junior middleweight strap by split decision against Vanes Martirosyan nine years ago, he has consistently struggled with career momentum despite his obvious skill.

To hear Andrade tell it, that is all about to change.

“I’m on a new journey to be a three-division world champion,” Andrade said. “Nicholson is one of the few who accepted a fight with me. He stepped up to this challenge and I take my hat off to him.

“I’m looking to get in there with the top names. Every fight is a chance to make a statement. There’s not just one fight that catapults you. Every fight is high stakes to me. I don’t look past anybody. We’re both looking to take each other’s head off.”

Despite relinquishing his WBO middleweight title earlier this year to campaign at super middleweight where Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 58-2-2 (39) reigns supreme as undisputed champion, Andrade has called out WBC middleweight champion Jermall ‘Hit Man’ Charlo 32-0 (22).

“I’m preparing to be on top. I don’t look past anybody, but I’m confident and I know what I can do,” Andrade said. “I want Jermall Charlo, that’s what I’m here for. I’ve got a left hand for him.

“I know that I’m in a position now to get the fights that I need for my legacy. There are big names in front of me. I’m looking to make the fights happen.

“I want people to hear from me. Directly from the source. This is me writing my own chapter and the truth will be told.”

Nicholson, 29, from Laurel, Maryland, has won three fights on the trot since losing an eight round decision to Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga 20-0 (16) in April 2021. The only other recognisable names on his ledger are Jessie Hart 28-3 (22) and Steve Rolls 22-2 (12) in 2018 and 2017 respectively.

Perhaps his best result was his majority draw against Immanuwel Aleem 18-3-2 (11) over eight frames in 2016.

“Beating Andrade would help me rewrite my story,” Nicholson said. “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in the game of boxing. So this win is going to help me start a new narrative. My only objective is to win and shock the world. Then I can get the fights that I need for my own legacy.”

Andrade knows he needs to make a statement if he is to have any chance of landing the big fights.

“I gotta bounce these gloves off Demond’s forehead,” Andrade said. “That’s what I’m coming to do. I want to put that leather on him. I need a performance that will make people say that they need to see me again.”