Billy Joe Saunders has been warned he could lose his world title to ‘’an octopus.’’ Saunders will head to America in October to defend his WBO middleweight championship against Demetrius Andrade after rival promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren reached an agreement.
Andrade, 30, is a 25-0 southpaw from Rhode Island and a former WBO super-welterweight champion. During his reign, he beat Blackpool’s Brian Rose in seven rounds in June 2014 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
“It was like fighting an octopus,” Rose remembered. “He’s got long arms – they go all the way down to his knees – and he was hard to hit and you don’t see his punches coming.