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Demetrius Andrade arrested on gun charge

Police allege Andrade was in possession of a gun without a permit.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade was caught ridin’ dirty early this morning in his hometown of Providence, according to a report from the Providence Journal. Police allege that they caught the 30-year-old world champion with a Glock 19 in the Louis bag while driving his Mercedes — but he apparently didn’t have a permit for the gun.

Police say they encountered Andrade at 2:30am, blocking traffic with his car while talking to a friend. When police approached him they say he was visibly nervous and glancing at his bag on the floor. At that point police found the handgun and a magazine with ten bullets. Andrade reportedly explained to police that he needed the gun for protection because to his money and fame.

“There’s no excuse for carrying a gun without a permit,” said Providence Police detective Maj. David Lapatin. “Whether you claim you’re transporting large amounts of money, or your life is in danger, you can make your case to get a permit [to carry a concealed weapon]. But you cannot obtain a gun and carry it in the city of Providence without one.”

Andrade was charged with a felony offense of carrying a gun without a license, not even two months removed from recapturing a world title against Walter Kautondokwa in late October, and only a few months since signing a lucrative deal with Eddie Hearn. After his arraignment Andrade was released on bail, but this could potentially be a problem for a fighter who was hoping to land a major fight with Canelo Alvarez in the near future.

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