We have a great match up of undefeated talents that’s just been finalized for November 27 between WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade and Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.
The fight will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, live on DAZN.
This ten-round bout will take place at super-middleweight, as Andrade wants to test the waters in the new division and see how he feels at that weight. He’s used to fighting at 160 lbs, as is his opponent, who’s also fought as low as 147 lbs.
Andrade is fresh off his three title defenses, and is looking to make it 30-straight victories come November 27. He has plans of defending his WBO middleweight title against the 23-2-1 Liam Williams in the spring of 2021, but he wants to stay active until then.
By moving up to 168 lbs and getting his feet wet in the division, he intends on becoming a three-weight world champion. This bout will give him an idea of what that’s like, while he moves back down to 160 lbs in the spring, and potentially moves up to 168 lbs permanently afterwards.
Andrade had the following to say about his recent super-middleweight booking:
“It’s me again. I thought long and hard about this and at the end of the day, this is another opportunity for me to go out there, get another win, look spectacular doing it, and testing what my body feels like at 168 pounds.
“I am fighting a young, undefeated guy, who was a good amateur and has been waiting for his moment. This is his moment, fighting me. I need to make sure I’m ready because he’s hungry and beating me changes his life.
“Is this the big fight I wanted, or have been chasing? No. But what am I supposed to do? Sit here and keep waiting for someone to answer the phone or accept one of Eddie’s offers? I’m in the prime of my career and I want to stay busy and fight as much as possible.
“With everything going on with COVID, you don’t know what’s going to happen. I have the opportunity to fight now, and I’m taking it.
“My job is to go out there, take care of business on November 27 and then 2021, it’s time for one of these big names to step up to the plate. You can’t duck me forever. Let’s give the fans what they want and deserve to see.”
Harrison also chimed in, and had the following to say on the match up:
“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for my entire life. This is why I started boxing. All of the time I have dedicated to this sport, I finally get my opportunity to show the world who I am and what I am capable of on November 27.
“Demetrius talks a big game, and says he is the boogeyman of the division, but who has he fought? Then he goes out, fights whoever it is, runs around the ring, picks up a win and goes back to running his mouth. He says that he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, then ok, so be it, on November 27 I take his spot.
“I know that people are going to doubt me going into this fight, and that is fine. That fuels my energy. Keep doubting me. Andrade doesn’t know what he got himself into. He better be ready when we step into that ring because I coming for him.”
Lastly, prompter Eddie Hearn gave his take on this recent signing:
“This is a vital night for Demetrius to both stay active and see how he feels up at Super-Middleweight. Demetrius is after those massive fights at both 160lbs and 168lbs and 2021 promises to be a huge year for him, but he cannot take Dusty lightly, as those big plans go out of the window on a night where Harrison can take his career to new heights.”
The 32-year-old Andrade comes into this fight with a perfect 29-0 record including 18 knockouts, and the 26-year-old Hernandez-Harrison comes in with a 34-0-1 record including 20 knockouts.
They have a pretty similar frame to one another as well, with Andrade standing 6’1” with a 73.5” reach, and Hernandez-Harrison standing 6′ with a 74” reach. This is going to be a very exciting, and a very telling match up.
Who do you see coming out on top in this super-middleweight bout?