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Demetrius Andrade says Canelo Alvarez ducked him as he prepares for David Benavidez

Demetrius Andrade. Photo credit: PBC

Two-time world titleholder Demetrius ‘Booboo’ Andrade 32-0 (19) says that undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) has dodged him throughout his career.

Now 35, the southpaw stylist from Providence, Rhode Island won his first world title at junior middleweight when he clinched the vacant WBO strap a decade ago.

After moving up to middleweight in 2017 he annexed the WBO belt in his new weight class the following year before making his 168-pound debut in January.

Andrade is currently in talks to face undefeated puncher David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 27-0 (23), another boxer who claims Mexican superstar has done everything in his power to avoid him.

The winner of that fight will be, in the fans’ eyes at least, the number one challenger to Alvarez’s crown.

“Canelo knows I can fight, man, Canelo knows what’s up,” Andrade said to Fight Hub TV. “He’s been doing everything to stay away from me, from the 154-pound [division] to the 160-pound [division] and now we are here at the 168-pounds. At the end of the day, I am going to fight the biggest challenge.”

The 26-year-old Benavidez from Phoenix, Arizona was last in action in March when he decisioned former IBF champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant 22-2 (13) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Andrade shares Benavidez’s view that Alvarez has swerved him.

“Plant took the challenge, Canelo didn’t want to take it, so I’m here,” Andrade said. “This is my obstacle, this is the way that it is supposed to be, cool. Canelo knows that I have the ability, the will, the drive and the athleticness to be able to beat somebody like Canelo and to beat somebody like David Benavidez.

“Of course it is a 50/50 fight. Every fight is a 50/50 fight, but I know what I have and I know what I can bring to the table and I know that nobody really sees somebody like me [winning], with my fighting style, versus someone like David, Canelo, [Jermell] Charlo.”

Alvarez is slated to defend his super middleweight hardware against undisputed junior middleweight champion Charlo 35-1-1 (19) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

While that shakes out, Andrade is setting his focus on Benavidez.

“We’re getting ready. They’re saying they can make this fight happen. We’re going to try and make it happen,” Andrade said.

“I’m getting prepared for this fight because this is a big moment for the sport of boxing.

“It’s time to get tuned up, get focused and do what we need to do. We’re going to get there. It’s time to get ugly, real ugly.

“I’m here at Andre Rozier’s gym. I’m out here looking to get my best work, my best focus and the best camp strategy. Getting organised, focused and having the right people around me to elevate this victory.”