RI boxer prepares for world title shot in Germany
At 29 years old, former WBO world champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade is as focused as ever.
He’s preparing for his March 11 WBA title shot against Jack Culcay on his opponent's home soil of Germany.
Andrade, who hails from Providence, was stripped of his WBO title in 2015 due to inactivity.
"[This is] another great opportunity for me to showcase my skill and talent and let the world know that I am one of the best and that I am willing to go all the way to Germany to fight for this guy's title and bring it back home and keep it here in the United States and fight the best out here,” Andrade said.
Andrade is 23-0 with 16 KOs.
Some may call it crazy for him to fight in Germany, but he just wants to get back into the ring and get a belt.
"Going overseas into somebody's yard is definitely, you know, a risk, but that's what boxing is all about,” Andrade said. “At the end of the day, I got my left hand and my right hand and that was going to seal the deal. I have full confidence in myself and my ability and I plan on going out there and doing what I do best.”
Andrade and Culcay have a little history going back to the 2007 Amateur World Championships in Chicago, where Andrade beat Culcay and went on to the Summer Olympics.
"This is a big deal for somebody like him and also for somebody like me to,” said Andrade. “It's a big deal for me because every time I step into the ring, you get in the way of me making that wealth.”
It will all go down Saturday, March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.