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Notes: Andrade-Mundine title bout dead

The WBO has ended any hopes of seeing junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade defend his belt against Anthony Mundine in Australia. Eric Gay/AP Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• A proposed fight between junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs), who has not fought in 13 months, and Anthony Mundine (47-6, 27 KOs), which has been in the works for August in Mundine's home county of Australia, is dead. It is not dead because of the well-publicized issues the sides have had in making a deal. It is because the WBO, whose belt Andrade holds, put the kibosh on the fight. WBO president Paco Valcarcel said that despite the discussion between the camps the fight would not be approved as a title bout even if they make a deal -- and the fight would not be made without the title at stake. "Anthony Mundine may not vie for the title as he is not ranked by the WBO," Valcarcel said.

• Junior lightweight Andy Vences (12-0, 8 KOs), of San Jose, California, signed a promotional contract with Top Rank this week. "Andy is special. He has a great skill set, fights hard and has a great fan following," Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler said. "We are all excited about him at Top Rank." He will make his debut for Top Rank in September. Vences, nicknamed "The Shark," joins the company that promotes his favorite fighter, junior welterweight titlist and 2014 fighter of the year Terence Crawford. "Crawford uses timing and correct distance to get his rhythm going. Not many do it the way he does," said Vences, a three-time gold medalist (2010, 2011, 2012) in the California Golden Gloves.

• Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing announced that he has signed welterweight Ceferino Rodriguez (19-1, 10 KOs), 26, of Spain, to a co-promotional agreement with former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez's Maravilla Box Promotions. Rodriguez will be trained by Spain's Gabriel Sarmiento, who also trained Martinez before his retirement. The five-year pro has already won the Spanish Welterweight, European Union Welterweight, and WBC Latino Welterweight Championships. "Ceferino Rodriguez has the talent to become another great champion from Spain and I am happy he chose to let Sergio Martinez and I help guide his career," Lewkowicz. "He will be training with one of the best in the sport in Gabriel Sarmiento, so everything is now in place for his career to explode."