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Demetrius Andrade moving up to middleweight, to fight Alantez Fox on Oct. 21

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Demetrius Andrade has earned a chance to prove he’s one of the best talents in boxing.

After bouts of inactivity, Andrade linked up with HBO, and his first bout of a new multi-fight agreement will take place October 21 in Verona, New York, RingTV.com reported earlier this month. Now, we know the opponent and at what weight Andrade will compete going forward.

“Boo Boo” Andrade, a RING-rated 154-pounder, will move up to middleweight, where fighters like Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs all compete on HBO, and take on Alantez Fox, sources told RingTV.com. ESPN first reported Fox as the opponent.

Fox (23-0-1, 11 knockouts) is an unknown commodity despite his record due to his light level of competition. Now, the 25-year-old Maryland native will be facing a former world champion and a possible future pound-for-pound entrant in Andrade.

The Providence, Rhode Island native can do it all: box, punch, move laterally. He competed in the 2008 Olympics and possesses tremendous athleticism and size.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to secure the big fights. The 29-year-old was slated to fight Jermell Charlo in December 2014, but withdrew after a dalliance with Roc Nation Sports. Andrade (24-0, 16 KOs) never signed with the company, though, and the legal battle that followed damaged his relationship with Al Haymon, who controls most of the top fighters at 154 pounds.

Now, Andrade is aligned with HBO and fighting at middleweight.

If all goes according to plan, he soon will prove just how great he is.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • ceylon mooney

    160 is steadily getting stronger. cool. is he gonna be able
    to get good fights at 160?

    • Stephen M

      You gotta think that HBO is having him on to have a decent opponent for Lemieux, Canelo, GGG.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        If Carlo or Andrade reallywant to make a statement and a compelling case for getting a big fight, what better way than to take on Lemieux and try to improve on Golovkin;s result? It would also bolster Jacob’s case as a priority rematch.

        • ceylon mooney

          gotta admit never watched andrade–how good is he? how u see andrade-lemieux?

          • Mauro Hermida

            Andrade is an unknown quantity at middleweight. He hasn’t really fought anybody and now you are putting him in with a guy that can put him to sleep with a shot or two. Its dangerous. He is a skilled boxer, so Lemmy will have his work cut out for him. Now, can Andrade hurt Lemmy?

          • Ten Count Toronto

            Very gifted athletically and a good boxer as far as can be ascertained by the mostly mediocre competition . Didn’t look great against Martisrrosyan but then again nobody else ever has either. May well be too quick & sharp Lemieux though it’s tough to call the fight because there have been no bouts which would give indications about his chin.

  • Frank-dogg

    When is boo boo actually going to fight someone that matters??

    • Donald Gobern

      Everyone at 154 ducked him. Even Canelo who moved up to middle weight and gave up his belt just so he didn’t have to mandatory fight him..good move for boo boo..now they have no choice..

      • ceylon mooney

        oh damn.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        It tool Gplovkin nearly 5 years to land a shot at the lineal title. It’s by no means impossible to stall a guy that long. Alvarez has already demonstrated the willingness to drop a belt, he would do it again. If he gets a big fight in 2018, it will ironacally be Golovkin who gives it to him, not any of the guys his own generation (Canelo, Charlo or Jacobs)

    • WR

      At least Boo Boo is getting a main event fight on HBO

  • Kiowhatta

    Wow, 160 is getting almost crowded. The exodus continues. Hopefully it forces some exciting match-ups.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Crowded but divided. Charlo & Jacobs don’t seem in a hurry to fight each other despite both bing under Haymon. Neitheer one seems in a hurry to fight Lemieux either. GBP might not let Canelo fight any of the Haymon guys.

      • ceylon mooney

        cant say i ever heard them mention each other. look, a buncha these guys gotta end up as mandatories for either golovkin or saunders ASAP, right?

      • Kiowhatta

        True. Imagine the matchups that could be made at 160 if the various promoters got out of their own way. We can only dream..

  • Stoplyinn

    Is this fight going to be on HBO?