Demetrius Andrade close to being stripped of title

Demetrius Andrade
Fighter turned down title defense against Jermell Charlo in December and Bob Velin wonders whom he could face next.

UNDEFEATED former Olympian Demetrius Andrade is still the WBO junior middleweight champion.

For how long remains to be seen.

Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) has not defended his title since stopping Brian Rose in the seventh round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in June 2014.

The 27-year-old fighter from Providence, R.I., turned down a Dec. 13, 2014, fight with Jermell Charlo on Showtime, part of a three-fight deal with the network, because he and his team were unhappy with the money. His promoters have run into roadblocks trying to arrange a fight against 40-year-old former champion Anthony Mundine in Australia.

The WBO sent a letter this week to Andrade’s co-promoters, Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, saying that it has been more than lenient with Andrade and would give them 10 days from receipt of the letter to get a deal done. That is the end of July. No deal, no more title.

To find out Andrade’s plan, click here.



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