Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Andrade-Rose purse bid scheduled
By Dan Rafael
Demetrius Andrade outpointed Vanes Martirosyan to win a junior middleweight title last November.
Junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade's first defense is going to come against mandatory challenger Brian Rose. The question of who will promote it and when and where it will take place, however, remains up in the air.
A purse bid is scheduled to take place Jan. 23 at the WBO office in Puerto Rico. Minimum bid is $200,000.
Banner Promotions' Artie Pelullo, Andrade's co-promoter with Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, told ESPN.com that he is hopeful they will make a deal with the Rose camp.
The bid was initially scheduled for Thursday, but the sides asked for an extension, which was granted.
"We're trying to figure out what to do so Barry Hearn [the head of Matchroom Sport, Rose's promoter], Joe and I asked to extend the deadline by a week," Pelullo said. "But we are trying to make a deal. We're having a difficult time. Not with each other, but where to place the fight. We're talking to HBO about the fight. HBO made a commitment to Demetrius when he won the world title on the network, so we're trying to see if they would put the fight with Rose on in April or May."
Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs), 25, a southpaw from Providence, R.I., and a 2008 U.S. Olympian, survived a first-round knockdown and went on to win a split decision against Vanes Martirosyan for a vacant 154-pound title on Nov. 9 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs), 28, of England, is riding an 11-fight winning streak, including a split-decision win in his last fight against Javier Maciel on Oct. 26 in the title eliminator that got him the shot at Andrade.