Andrade vs Keeler Odds and Start Time: Is Demetrius too good for his own good?
Despite being on the same Olympic team as Deontay Wilder in 2008, fanfare and big dollars have eluded current WBO Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) since turning pro.
The sharp-shooting southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island, is now 31 years of age and has yet to find his career-defining opportunity. When one considers how many genuine attractions currently compete in and around the 160-pound weight division, the fact that DAZN or Andrade's promoter, Matchroom Sport, can't find a decent odds match-up for the undefeated American fighter is quite staggering.
It's no assumption that Demetrius has become one of the most avoided fighters in the heavyweight division.
The slick fighter has fight dates on a popular network with deep pockets, and is aligned with a promotional group who is seemingly willing to work with any competing outfit in the industry.
What more does Demetrius have to do to land a big fight?
This evening on a special Thursday night DAZN presentation, Andrade will defend his coveted WBO title against the 28th ranked Middleweight in the world, Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) from Dublin, Ireland. "Andrade vs Keeler" will be the main event in what should prove to be an entertaining fight card, featuring four bouts that range from Super Bantamweight to Cruiserweight.
Here is the DAZN primetime fight card in its entirety, which is slated to begin at 9PM ET:
Main Event: Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KO) vs Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KO), middleweights, 12 rounds
Co-Main Event: Jake Paul (debut) vs AnEsonGib (debut), cruiserweights, 6 rounds
2nd Preliminary Contest: Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KO) vs Joseph Diaz Jr (30-1, 15 KO), junior lightweights, 12 rounds
1st Preliminary Contest: Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KO) vs Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6 KO), junior featherweights, 12 rounds
The location of the featured card was strategically placed within driving distance of this year's Superbowl site to attract the hundreds of media members currently in Miami, Florida, assigned to cover the massive NFL event.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is hopeful his event in the Meridan at Island Gardens will bring in a huge "SuperBowl" spillover to see his current WBO Middleweight champion.
“Andrade is the best 160 pounder in the world," stated Andrade's promoter to the media in attendance. "Everyone is saying it. Everyone who faces Demetrius comes in with a plan but they can’t even win any rounds, minutes or even seconds when they face Andrade. He'll be facing a guy who's currently ranked number two by the WBO. If Keeler pulls off the upset, he will go back to Ireland as a hero. So It’s going to be a great fight."
Although the chances of fans witnessing an upset are extremely thin, the style match-up should prove to be entertaining. "Andrade versus Keeler" pits the effective aggressor against the sharp-shooting counter puncher, so it should be entertaining for the fans and media in attendance for as long or as short as it lasts.
Most Race and Sports Books have Demetrius Andrade listed as a massive 45 to 1 (-4500) betting favorite with Luke Keeler sitting as a very humble 11 to 1 (+1100) betting underdog.
But you can't blame Hearn or Andrade for the apparent mismatch.
"The problem is that Andrade is too good," Hearn stated to iFL TV. "I honestly don't know who can beat him right now...he's that good."
"He's a legitimate champion who fights on the same network as Golovkin and Canelo but can't get them in the ring...it's crazy!"
Perhaps Andrade is too good for his own good.
Hopefully, the 31-year-old southpaw will create enough attention in 2020, that it will become virtually impossible to avoid him. The only way to attract the other big names in and around his division would be to become a legitimate attraction and a bonafide ticket seller.
Without a mainstream following, Demetrius Andrade will continuously be viewed as "more risk than reward" to every other fighter at 160 pounds.
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