The fighters’ representatives have 10 days to come to an agreement.
“If an accord is not reached within the time frame stated herein, a purse bid will be ordered pursuant to our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” the WBO said.
“The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO middleweight division is $200,000. Any of the parties involved may request a purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiation process.”
Although his career has been blighted by inactivity, Andrade was a world champion at super-welterweight and will be a dangerous opponent for Saunders. Billy Joe had pulled out of a fight last month with Martin Murray although any hopes for a unification with Gennady Golovkin could not be brought to fruition after the Kazakh agreed to rematch Canelo Alvarez in September.
But Saunders stated, “Ready to face Andrade [in] September, let’s get it on.” His promoter, Frank Warren added, “He’s not become world champion to give up his belt. He’s never ducked a fight in his life and he never will.”