As Demetrius Andrade readies himself for the biggest fight and opportunity of his career this weekend when he faces David Benavidez, a common analysis of the style matchup has come to the forefront.
Many believe that Andrade will have some early success with his awkward style and boxing ability, only for Benavidez to ultimately break him down in the in back half. Victor Conte, who’s worked closely with Andrade over the years and for this fight, says Andrade is physically prepared to be strong over the duration.
“[Andrade is] really ready for the second half of the fight,” Conte said. “And in Rounds 6 through 12 his speed endurance is not dropping off at all. He’s really ready to go like never before. There’s been many camps here [at SNAC]. ... Boo Boo’s the captain of the team, he’s been the most loyal. We’ve got the most experience working with him.”
Conte continued by saying it’s a common misconception that Andrade will wilt as the fight goes on, with Benavidez expected to get the better of those rounds.
“Everybody talks about, ‘Well [the second half] is when the tide is gonna turn. We don’t see that in training,’” Conte said. “He’s very strong. He’s got three different sparring partners. He is bringing in fresh guys and he’s still beating them.”
Both Conte and Andrade hismelf claim that his physical being has been kept intact and in shape over the years, despite now being 35, and are both confident that’s why Andrade will be able to perform at the highest level come fight night.