DEMETRIUS ANDRADE has launched a blistering attack on Billy Joe Saunders, branding the WBO super-middleweight champ a 'disgrace'.
Andrade was set to throw down with the Brit in October 2018 before a failed drug test – the result of Saunders using a nasal spray – scuppered their Boston brawl.
The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied Saunders a license to compete, despite the British Boxing Board of Control clearing the 31-year-old of any wrongdoing.
But American Andrade reckons the Welwyn warrior never wanted to share the ring with him.
During an appearance on Brian Custer’s Last Stand Podcast, a fired-up Andrade – who will face Brit Liam Williams this weekend -said: “Smoke and mirrors on Billy Joe’s side.
“He went out there and said, 'I'll fight Demetrius.' He didn’t want to wait on Canelo until May.
“But he pretty much just used my name for leverage to make the deal, meaning yo we want this much money or we’re going to fight Demetrius Andrade.
“We know you don’t want to fight Demetrius Andrade, and the possibility of us losing is high fighting Demetrius Andrade.
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“He’s a cheat. He’s a liar. He’s a disgrace. I can’t wait because if I could put these hands on him, I’m going to f— him up!”
The undefeated Saunders is currently gearing up for his super-middleweight unification fight with Canelo Alvarez on May 8.
Saunders has been training at the UFC's Performance Institute in Las Vegas ahead of the biggest fight of his career, which he goes into a big underdog.
But the slick southpaw is confident of handing the hard-hitting Mexican only his second professional defeat.
He told talkSPORT: “I’m the seventh Brit he’s faced, he’s dealt with six of them very comfortably.
“The Brits like dancing and moving and thinking they’ve gotta run away, but I will be there for him to hit.
“I will be in range for him to hit. I’ll be setting traps, the same as he’ll be setting traps.
“I don’t think running a million miles an hour is gonna do me any justice.
“He’s not got the best engine in the world, Canelo.
“He’s very good at what he does, extremely good at what he does, but there’s faults there.
“We’ve seen people try to run away and box him, we’ve seen people try to use the brawn, but we’ve only seen one man use his brain and that was Floyd Mayweather.
“Brain over brawn here. Brain wins this, technical thinking wins this.”
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