Demetrius Andrade gets title shot
Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and former world amateur champion from Providence, R.I., will get his first shot at a professional world title.
Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), 25, the mandatory challenger, will face Zaurbek Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs), 28, of Russia, after Baysangurov's promoter, K2 Promotions Ukraine, won a purse bid on Monday for the right to promote the fight.
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At the WBO offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico, K2 Ukraine bid $501,200 to beat the only other bid, which was $401,000 made by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, Andrade's co-promoters.
K2 Ukraine has not announced the date and venue for the fight, but it will take place this summer in Ukraine or Russia. The financial split between the fighters is 80 percent (or 75 percent, depending where the bout takes place) for Baysangurov with the rest going to Andrade.
"We're very excited for Demetrius to get this world title opportunity and congratulate K2 Promotions on their winning bid," said Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. "We've believed for a long time that Demetrius would win a world title, and we are honored to present him with this opportunity."
Andrade is coming off a 10-round shutout decision victory against former welterweight world title challenger Freddy Hernandez on Jan. 25.
Baysangurov, who will be making his third title defense, made his first two in 2012, winning both by unanimous decision in Ukraine. He outpointed Michael Soro in May and defeated Lukas Konecny in October.
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