Boxing News At Five | Jul 13 2018

Boxing News at Five: Saunders has a ‘Boo Boo’, WBSS draw set for July 20, and Ancajas is back September 14

Billy Joe Saunders could be set for a tricky defence of his WBO middleweight title, and all things WBSS will be revealed at The Draft Gala on July 20 in Moscow
Demetrius Andrade
Demetrius-Andrade  |  Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

BE careful what you wish for. That’s the message Demetrius Andrade – and anyone with an interest in the middleweight shakeup – will be whispering to Billy Joe Saunders this morning as he digests the news that he must defend his WBO world title against the gifted American in his next fight.

This is the latest bout rumoured for Saunders, following potential dates with Gennady Golovkin and James DeGale, and it’s probably the least appealing of the lot from a risk-reward perspective.

‘Boo Boo’ Andrade, a former WBO and WBA super-welterweight champion, may only have fought once as a full-blown middleweight, when he beat Alantez Fox last time out, but is undefeated in 25 fights, in his prime at 30 years of age, and much better than his low-key profile (soon to be bolstered by a rumoured move to Matchroom USA and DAZN) would suggest. Which is why, frankly, he’s a bit of a banana skin for Saunders; a six-foot-one southpaw he could do without.