WBO Orders Saunders-Andrade
Billy Joe Saunders fate may be set for his return from injury, as the WBO has ordered their middleweight champion to make a mandatory defense against Demetrius Andrade.
As of Thursday, both sides have ten days to negotiate and reach an agreement for a fight, if not the WBO will order a mandatory purse bid for a fight.
The minimum acceptable bid is $200,000. Either said can skip the negotiations and request the purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiations.
Saunders has yet to fight in 2018, with his last fight being an impressive and one-sided decision win against David Lemieux in December.
Saunders was scheduled twice this year to fight Martin Murray, but would pull out due to training camp injuries. The middleweight titlist was also near a deal to face Gennady Golovkin in August, but would fall through after Golovkin would finalize his deal with Canelo Alvarez for September 15th in Las Vegas.
Andrade has not seen the ring since making his middleweight debut in October in a unanimous decision win over Alantez Fox.
The former United States Olympian recently left his promoters Banner Promotions and Star Boxing. Rumors have swirled that Andrade may end up signing with Matchroom Boxing USA, as Eddie Hearn looks to invade and expand in the United States.
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