Demetrius Andrade threw his hat in the ring recently, and he's not alone. According to World Boxing News, Charles Hatley, John Jackson, and Jorge Cota have also expressed interest in participating in the organization's planned 154-pound tournament.
Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KO) earned the biggest win of his career and, most likely, some cosmic karma as well last week when he beat the snot out of Anthony Mundine for an eleventh-round TKO stoppage. The fight was so one-sided that BoxRec apparently got tired of counting the knockdowns and simply wrote "Mundine floored numerous times during the bout." "The Future" is presently riding a nine-fight winning streak since a 2012 knockout loss to Lanardo Tyner, six of them via stoppage.
Jackson (20-1, 15 KO) was doing an admirable job of handing Andy Lee his ass last year on the undercard of Cotto-Martinez, dropping him in the first round and battering him for the next four, before walking smack into a perfect right hook that knocked him clean out. "Dah Rock," son of the great Julian Jackson, has since gotten himself back in the mix with a pair of decision wins, the most recent one over Filipino veteran Dennis Laurente.
Cota (25-1, 22 KO) came up short in his first world title bid, a 2012 bout with Marco Antonio Rubio for the vacant IBF middleweight belt. He's since bounced around between 147 and 160, but has settled down at 154 for his last two bouts. He made his PBC debut in August, outslugging Yudel Jhonson in an entertaining bout.
I don't see any of these guys posing a threat to "Boo Boo," but we could get some fun matchups out of this. Jackson-Cota in particular could be absolute fireworks. We'll keep you posted when the rest of the field starts to fill out.