WBO Approves Andrade Vs. Keeler January Bout
While he continues to waits for fights against Canel Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, Demetrius Andrade will get another chance to show he’s one of the top middleweights in the division. During an annual convention in Tokyo Japan, the WBO approved a bout between the WBO Middleweight Champion and Luke Keeler.
The DAZN-sponsored fight would be taking place on January 30 in Miami, Florida.
“Andrade will fight Keeler in a voluntary (title defense),” WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel stated, via BoxingScene. “We will allow that. The winner of that will be ordered to face the mandatory challenger as designated by the WBO.”
Andrade (28-0) has not yet responded to the news. The 31-year-old last fought in June, beating Maciej Sulęcki via unanimous decision. That was his second defense of the belt following a win over Walter Kautondojwa for the vacant belt in 2018. A championship bout against Billy Joe Saunders never materialized due to Saunders testing positive for a banned substance called Oxilofrine back in September.
The WBO approved Keeler (17-2-1), who has four consecutive fights with a win. The Irish fighter last fought in August, beating Luis Arias via decision. This will be Keeler’s first major title fight to go along with his first trip to the United States.