Andrade wants a piece of Canelo

Junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade, like every other 154-pounder, wants to fight Canelo Alvarez because it means big money and recognition.

Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, hasn’t had a really big fight yet. He won his title in November and made his first title defense on June 14 by dominating mandatory challenger Brian Rose. He dropped Rose twice and stopped him in the seventh round of a blowout.

Andrade has nothing scheduled, although a fight with former welterweight titlist Joshua Clottey has been thrown around. But what Andrade, 26, of Providence, Rhode Island, wants is a major fight, which one with former unified titleholder Alvarez would be.

Alvarez, who outpointed Erislandy Lara last Saturday night in a Showtime PPV headliner, is slated to fight again in November and has no opponent lined up. So Andrade, of course, is throwing his name into contention.

"I read some comments that Oscar [De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter] made to Lara after the fight that there is a line about 10 people deep to fight Canelo, and Lara would have to get to the back of it,” Andrade said. “What Oscar failed to mention is that line forms behind me.

"I am the WBO champion and I am undefeated. As I look down the rankings, I just defeated my mandatory Brian Rose, and Alvarez is ranked No. 2 by the WBO. He will be elevated to No. 1, and I am ready and willing to fight him for my title. I just hope he would be prepared for the beating I will put on him."

It’s hard to blame Andrade, an outstanding technical boxer with underrated power, for calling Alvarez out. If the fight ever did happen Andrade would probably give him fits if not beat him outright.