"The other champions are going to be knocking at my door. The opportunities are going to come back around again...Overall, Canelo because he is the most popular, he's fought Mayweather, and he's been at that elite level. I want to be able to fight somebody that's fought that elite level and he's still giving people action. Even though he's not fighting the best, he's fighting blown up 40's and 47's and that's some bullshit, but I would definitely like to get in there and bust his ass," stated undefeated former world champion Demetrius Andrade, who talked about his recent win over Willie Nelson, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congrats on the win. You came back on the scene with a splash. Obviously you're pleased with your performance. How do you feel?
DA: I feel good, man. You know, after doing 12 hard rounds, the body is sore. I need to rest up and after a week or two, sit down, look at the drawing board, and see who we can defeat next.
PC: I remember when this fight was made, I was thinking Willie Nelson isn't an easy go for anybody. You appeared to not have missed a step. It had to be a great feeling to put on that type of performance against that caliber of opponent.
DA: It felt good. I was telling people during my time off I didn't slack one punch. I was staying in the gym and stayed focused and dedicated my time to my craft, my career, my livelihood; it's feeding my family right now. Knowing that I was undefeated, I was and I still am the former champion, but the other champions are going to be knocking at my door. The opportunities are going to come back around again. God has a plan for everybody and it's turning in my favor now. I was just excited to get back in the ring and I was ready to rumble, young man, rumble!
PC: Would you call the ordeal you went through more frustrating or a test of your character and patience?
DA: The only frustrating part was me watching other people fight and me not actually fighting. I enjoyed taking time off to work on the development of Demetrius Andrade and what I see that needs to be done to make me fan-friendly and increase my power and knowledge of the game as well. That time definitely did me justice and we all seen that in the ring.
PC: You also showed that your power carries late into the fight. Was it a mental thing for you to press and get the knockout or did it just happen for you?
DA: I was definitely looking for the knockout when it comes. When the punch is there and everything is in place, I was going to load up. I wasn't looking for the one-punch knockout. I'm going to put the combinations together and I'm going to figure out which punch is going to be that bang-boom, you know. I have just been working and working on my strength because I have the boxing skills and talent. Me sitting in the gym hitting the bag and doing the boxing part, that's not going to go anywhere. But what I needed to do is get bigger and get stronger and work on the strength and endurance part. If I can't stop a guy in the early rounds or if it's an all-out war, then I'm going to have that in the later rounds like I did. I'm learning how to conserve energy and be patient while being consistent with my attack at the same time. So I was looking over all of my fights and I was like, "Damn, I could have pressed the action. I could have done this and that." So the time I took off, I definitely got in the gym and worked on some things in sparring and putting the pressure on and just trying to get in the habit of always having something out there in each and every round so the people will be like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, did you see that," and put them butts in them seats.
PC: You closed that distance and for once, you weren't the taller guy in the fight, but you showed great patience after hurting him in letting it all come together. That's the mark of a great champion.
DA: Nah, if you go into my fights and watch any of my earlier fights, I ain't never just go in there and try to just go all out because how I grew up watching the sport of boxing and watching other fights. I seen how people get somebody hurt and sometimes, they not hurt as bad as you think. I've been fighting 20-something years now and I've been hurt once or twice in my life and sometimes just because you hit me with a good punch, you might wobble me or have me dazed for a quick second, but that doesn't mean I can't protect myself or come back with some power shots, like the Ortiz and Berto fight. Berto go ahead and drops him and then goes in and tries to rush him, so boom, he goes down. I'm learning from them mistakes and I'm not going to put myself in them positions at all. It looks ugly and it looks sloppy when you just go in there and do that shit. So I was like, I'm going to take my time and I'm going to perfect the masterpiece of this knockout where it's clear and clean and not just me throwing a whole bunch of punches to get you out of there.
PC: The 154-pound division is a really hot division right now, if not the hottest division, and it's great to see you back in the mix. You've said all of the names; any name in particular that you want to test your skills against more than anyone else?
DA: Canelo! Overall, Canelo because he is the most popular, he's fought Mayweather, and he's been at that elite level. I want to be able to fight somebody that's fought that elite level and he's still giving people action. Even though he's not fighting the best, he's fighting blown up 40's and 47's and that's some bullshit, but I would definitely like to get in there and bust his ass. I've been calling him out before, but you know you call him out and his fans are like, "Why should he fight him? Who did he fight? Why? Canelo don't need to fight him." But let him say, "I want to fight Amir Khan," and his fans are like, "Yeah! Yeah!" If he wanted to fight Liam Smith, who has my old belt, "Yeah! Yeah!" He wanted to fight James Kirkland, "Yeah! Yeah!" Come on, man!
PC: Unfortunately, there is an unwritten thing in boxing where you can look too good. I don't see many guys looking your way.
DA: That's what I was worried about too. I gotta go out there and perform and do the best that I can, but it's like, damn, I shouldn't have looked that good because I'm not going to be able to get these fights. But at end of the day, they are going to have to make these guys fight. As long as the media and the fans keep on screaming Demetrius Andrade's name, they are going to have to make them fight.
PC: I hope to see you in some of these fights that you want. Great to have you back in the mix and I wish you the best. Anything you want to add my man?
DA: I just want to thank you for being a supporter of boxing. Everybody out there, just keep following Demetrius Andrade. You go to google and you can find all of my social media pages and just stay tuned for greatness, man. God bless everybody.
Written by Percy Crawford