LOOKS like Demetrius Andrade can’t buy a big fight. No Saul Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin for him. Instead he will defend his title against Luke Keeler. The Irishman scored a good win over Luis Arias in August but Arias was not rated so going from No 7 to No 2 for beating an unrated fight is a steep climb.
That pales into insignificance alongside the rating of Francisco Horta who was crushed in four rounds by WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete last weekend. When the champion is a ferocious puncher with 26 wins by KO/TKO in his 31 fights how do you justify slipping someone into your ratings when they have had had only one fight since October 2018 and in that fight only won a majority decision over a guy with an 8-3-2 record? The answer is that you can’t. Does it matter? I guess not but again if Horta had suffered a serious injury the approval of the fight would not have stood up to scrutiny and boxing would have suffered, not just the WBO. Let’s face it as far as the general public is concerned IBF, WBA, WBC or WBO it is all boxing.
The hoped for unification fight between WBC super fly champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA champion Kal Yafai is going to have to be postponed as Estrada has suffered a hand injury which will require surgery. Estrada has had trouble with both hands. Hopefully a new date will be set.