DEMETRIUS ANDRADE has appealed the WBO’s decision to strip him of their world light-middleweight title.
The WBO stripped him for not defending their title, having last done so in June 2014 against Brian Rose.
In the letter to WBO president Francisco Valcarcel, Andrade claimed the WBO failed to offer him a mandatory opponent during the past seven months for him to defend his title against.
Andrade’s appeal also mentions that the WBO sent a letter to him on January 23 2015, which stated that the WBO would force a purse bid between WBO No 1 challenger Jermell Charlo and Andrade, if the fight agreement wasn’t resolved within 30 days. However, the WBO did not force the purse bid, allowing Charlo to sign an agreement to fight Vanes Martirosyan [Charlo outpointed Martirosyan in March].
Andrade attached a copy of a signed contract between him and Charlo, claiming that it was his opponent that pulled out of the bout.
In his appeal, Andrade asked the WBO to allow him to defend the title against any of the top 15 fighters in their rankings. He asked the WBO to use their power to force any of the top 15 ranked fighters to fight Andrade for the title.
Andrade also claimed he would be willing to travel overseas to defend the title.