- Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler goes Thursday, January 30 at 10pm ET
- Can Andrade maintain his unbeaten streak and score yet another title defense?
- Check our betting prediction below to see if Keeler can shock the world and bring a championship back to Ireland
Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler goes down the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami. This prize fight is featured on a stacked Boxing card which features a novelty fight between YouTubers Jake Paul and AnEsonGib.
Andrade is looking to notch the third successful defense of his WBO world middleweight championship. Keeler is unbeaten across his last eight bouts and is confidently entering his first world title fight. The night of prizefighting takes part during Super Bowl week and there’s a party atmosphere added to it all. The odds for this fight and my analysis of the bout can be found below.
Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler Odds
Odds taken Jan. 25
Andrade recently resigned with Matchroom Boxing for a four-fight deal. That promotion and the platform DAZN have been rallying behind the idea of Andrade being this fearsome boogeyman character at 160 pounds.
The quandary Demetrius Andrade finds himself in is that he reports a very high-risk fight with a comparatively low financial incentive. In this modern era of boxing driven by the almighty dollar, Andrade kind of seems like that middleweight champion who has been on the outside looking in.
2020 Middleweight Hierarchy
Keeler is one of those challengers that inexplicably has a top-10 ranking across multiple reputable regulatory bodies, sometimes even as ranked high as number two. Andrade’s status in the sport may likely relegate him to fighting these types of pugilists for the foreseeable future.
The aforementioned Matchroom deals have helped Andrade become a modest draw in the UK, but domestically in America, he’s not known nearly as much. Though he doesn’t seem to be in the conversation to fight a Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin, one big name has emerged as a potential opponent for a title unification bout later in the spring: Jermall Charlo.
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This dialogue has been making Keeler feel like he’s being overlooked, with the perception that Andrade can just walk in and steamroll him. Meanwhile, Keeler’s perception is that Andrade hasn’t fought anyone elite and “may be a bit deluded”.
Though Andrade has captured WBA and WBO world titles at super welterweight then moved up in weight for his current title reign, many still question his legacy. The quality of competition he was facing was admittedly dubious for several years earlier in his career.
Andrade vs Keeler Tale of the Tape
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Keeler has not scored a stoppage win in over five years and he has a sub-50% KO rate. The punchers chance narrative doesn’t have much to it with Keeler, unfortunately.
Also, even though people have been critical of some fights Andrade has taken, he ultimately has a better resume and a lot more world champion-caliber experience.
The man nicknamed Boo Boo will ultimately dismantle the prizefighter out of Dublin. I think Andrade secures the stoppage victory over Keeler inside of nine rounds.
Pick: Andrade (-10000)