Demetrius Andrade vs. Willie Nelson in WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
New York, June 8- Undefeated, former WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) has his eyes on another title. The Providence, Rhode Island product will square off against hard-hitting contender Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York this Saturday night, June 11. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® will broadcast live (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The winner of the 12-round co-feature will become the mandatory challenger to Jermell Charlo, an emphatic eighth round KO winner over John Jackson on May 21, to take the vacant WBC 154-pound title which aired on SHOWTIME.
The Andrade vs. Nelson slugfest is the Showtime co-feature, serving as chief support attraction to the main event headlining former junior welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former world title challenger John Molina Jr.
Andrade vs. Nelson is a co-promotion with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions, A-Team Promotions, and DiBella Entertainment.
“It’s very important for me to be champion again,” says Andrade. “Every fight is tough. You can’t say that you’re the best without always facing a tough opponent like Nelson”.
“I need to go back to being a champion again, being back in the spotlight,” he added. “Unifying (the title) is ideal, having a belt around my waist is important, but all that really matters is fighting the best.”
“Demetrius has a bright, bright future,” says promoter Joe DeGuardia. “He is looking to showcase his talents, and ultimately unify the championships. It’s a testament to Demetrius that he is taking on a fighter of Willie Nelson’s caliber after a layoff.
“Boo Boo has the rare combination of speed and the ability to punch,” adds DeGuardia. “He has tremendous hand-eye coordination and awareness in the ring.”
Andrade last fought on October 17 of last year, a TKO victory over Dario Fabian Pucheta at Mohegan Sun, showing no apparent ring rust. He was idle since June 14, 2014 when he scored another TKO victory over Brian Rose at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in defense of his WBO World Super Welterweight title.
“Demetrius is one of the best fighters in the world today,” adds co-promoter Art Pelullo. “The idea is always to make the best fights, and this one could unify the title.”
“Andrade is a great fighter, one of the best boxers in the world,” says Lou DiBella, Nelson’s promoter. “Willie’s chance is to go in there and try to score a knockout with his big punch. Boo Boo will try to run circles around him.”
Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
A crafty southpaw with a piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose on June 14, 2014. Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored a second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17, 2015.
A true road warrior who is extremely tall for a junior middleweight at 6-foot-3, Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO’s) has faced and defeated numerous top contenders over his 10-year career. Fighting only once in 2015, the Cleveland native upset highly regarded and undefeated junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison with a ninth-round knockout on July 11 in Tampa, Florida. In his first start of 2016, Nelson stopped Jonathan Batista in the second round on March 25.
Other notable names the all-action Nelson has defeated include John Jackson, Luciano Cuello, Michael Medina and Yudel Jackson. On October 14, 2014, Nelson came up just short against Martirosyan, losing a hotly contested 10-round decision on SHOWTIME.