TUESDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Alantez Fox seems confident that Demetrius Andrade does not represent a bridge too far, and isn't such a talent that he will be in over his head Oct 21 at Turning Stone in Verona, NY.
The Maryland native told NYF, “It isn’t his first time at 160. It’ll actually be his second. He has some credible wins but I don’t think much of him at 160. He was the Olympian in 2008 and I respect that much about him but in watching his fights he seems like a good sturdy win.”
OK…you seem confident of a win, I told him.
Alantez Fox has been granted the opportunity of his vocational life, the face off against 154 ace Demetrius Andrade, who has decided to jump into the pool at middleweight.
Fox, who sports a 23-0-1 mark, with 11 KOs, is from the fighting Fox family. Dad Troy works corners, and bro Mykal is a 14-0 140 pound prospect/near contender.
Fox will enter the Andrade fight with one of the same advantages he has every time he’s in the ring: his length. At 6-4, he can jab, take a step back, and be halfway across the ring. The 24-0 Andrade is on some top ten pound for pound lists, but others who might think he belongs have decided not to, because he doesn’t fight all that often. The lefty fought once in 2014, once in 2015, once in 2016 and has been on an upswing in activity now. He beat Jack Culcay (see below) in Germany in March, an outing didn’t wow the pundit class, and will look to bark back at naysayers with the Fox fight, which is topped by a Jezreel Corrales super feather title defense, on HBO, versus Alberto Machado.
This card represents another move in the shakeup of the scene, with HBO looking to do a reset with content, after seeing longtime partner Bob Arum bring his toys to the ESPN playground. Corrales is signed to Golden Boy and Machado is promoted by Miguel Cotto. Andrade is overseen by Star Boxing and Arthur Pelullo, while Dibella reps Fox.
Fox sounds amped. Helluva an opportunity, yes?
“Oh yeah, most definitely, it’s about that time,” he said.
This could be a step, or two, up for Fox who downed 24-10-1 Euri Gonzalez in his last outing, in July.
Hey promoter Dibella, is Andrade a half, a full or two steps up for Fox, on paper?
“Andrade is a step up from just about everyone,” Dibella said.
Here Fox is three fights ago, against Renaldo Montes…
Andrade can expect a snappy jab in his face, and persistent movement and yes, straight rights down the pipe on his lefty stance. Fox is long and tall but quite coordinated, always knows where his feet are. We could see Andrade being that much better at 160; he sometimes lacked snap in his last fight. Maybe the move up, and less difficulty making weight, leaves him fresher. Should be a competitive tango.