Demetrius Andrade has had plenty to say in the build-up of his world title fight with Luke Keeler – and now the Irishman has fired back.
Dublin star Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) challenges Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) for his WBO middleweight title at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on January 30, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Keeler is ready to shock the world by becoming world champion in the fight, and he has warned Andrade not to be looking past him.
Keeler told mtkglobal.com: “I’m buzzing for this fight. It’s a dream come true and I’m ready to take my chance. I think the Americans will appreciate my style as I always give it everything in the ring and this fight will be no different, so I think the crowd will be on my side by the end of the fight.
“I definitely think he’s looking at bigger fights, but I’m focused completely and he’s in for a shock. I’ve watched his performances and he just relies on his skills. He does enough to win but he never pushes himself to the limit.
“Maybe that’s the reason why doesn’t have a huge following. He’s a great champion and I respect him, but at the same time I see mistakes and weaknesses that we are ready to exploit.
“You’re going to see another vastly improved performance from me. I’ll be relentless in there and I’m going to rip the belt from Andrade.”
The packed event in Miami later this month also features unbeaten Avil Mathie (4-0-1, 2 KOs) as she fights in her hometown for the first time in her career.