Former junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade will move up to the middleweight division officially on October 21, as he returns to HBO airwaves for a fight with unbeaten Alantez Fox.
Andrade (24-0, 16 KO) last fought on March 11, going to Germany to successfully defend the WBA 154-pound title against Jack Culcay. He’s had some bumps and layoffs in his career in recent years, but when active and dialed in, he’s always looked good.
"First of all I need to thank HBO, and especially Peter Nelson for giving me this tremendous opportunity. Thanks to him, I get a chance to not only have a great fight on October 21st, but I also get to show my fans on prime time that I'm the best fighter in the junior middleweight and now the middleweight division," said Andrade.
"I can't wait for the chance to fight more often and against the very best and thanks to HBO I finally have that chance! And I'm looking forward to giving my fans a great performance and I'm going to show them how much I appreciate their support by giving them a great show!"
Andrade, 29, will be taking on a potentially dangerous opponent in Fox (23-0-1, 11 KO), a 25-year-old from Maryland who stands a listed 6’4”. He’s untested so far, but he’s got some troublesome dimensions, and if Andrade has any trouble at the new weight, things could get interesting.
"The Olympics were ten years ago. He is not the same fighter today. I don't see anything that he will do that can put a loss on my record. I am going on HBO to put on a boxing exhibition," said Fox.
The October 21 card at the Turning Stone in Verona, New York, will feature Jezreel Corrales defending his WBA 130-pound title in the main event against Alberto Machado.