You'd be forgiven for not knowing that Demetrius Andrade is fighting in four days.
"Boo Boo," who captured the WBO super welterweight belt with a win over Vanes Matirosyan in 2013, hasn't competed since defeating Brian Rose in June of 2014. This Saturday, he faces Argentine nobody Dario Fabian Pucheta (20-2, 11 KO), a man seven inches shorter, in the main event of an untelevised card whose other attraction is Hank Lundy in a squash match.
The former champion, who's still just 27, had a Q&A session with The Ring earlier this week, covering a handful of topics. For instance, the fact that Pucheta wasn't his first choice of opponent.
"I really wanted Delvin Rodriguez because a good performance over him would put me in a different category than over the guy I’m fighting. But, I guess, they didn’t want to put him in the ring with me and to save him for somebody else."
A good chunk of the session is just standard, by-the-numbers boxing interview ("I want to make a statement that I’m the best in my division and show why nobody wants to fight me."), but there's one part that stands out as odd.
RTV – You had been scheduled to face Jermell Charlo in Las Vegas of last year but that fight fell through. You were also linked with a move up to middleweight to fight Matt Korobov. Could you explain your side of what happened?
DA – I was in a situation with an entertainer, Jay Z, who I felt could help me in the ring and with marketing, so I chose, at that time, not to take that fight (Dec. 13 vs. Charlo). It is the only fight I turned down but I agreed to fight Charlo [on Jan. 14] after things didn’t happen [with Roc Nation Sports]. Instead, [Charlo] signed a deal to fight [Vanes] Martirosyan. I didn’t know about the Korobov fight until afterwards [when it was announced] and I never intended to move up to middleweight, at that time, to fight him or anybody else.
This directly contradicts the fight announcement back in September '14 (emphasis mine).
"Basically, what happened here is that we had petitions on behalf of both Demetrius Andrade and B.J. Saunders, and taking all matters into consideration, the WBO World Championship Committee decided to rule in favor of Andrade in light of our rules and existing precedent, which is to give that consideration to our world champions who are moving up in weight so that they may vie for that title in the next division up," said Izquierdo, the top assistant to WBO President Paco Valcarcel.
Is Andrade still a factor at 154? Is he a threat to the likes of Canelo, Lara, and the Charlo brothers? Hopefully we'll get a chance to find out sooner rather than later.