By Steve Kim
By defeating Jack Culcay on March 11th in Germany, Demetrius Andrade (24-0, 16 KOs) captured the 'regular' version of the WBA 154-pound title and he believed a shot was secured at the WBA 'super champion' Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs).
But there are reports that Lara will take another fight instead in the fall. BoxingScene.com was advised that Lara and his handlers are waiting to receive word on a finalized date and venue.
Lara, who also holds the IBO title, has been out of the ring since January, when he easily stopped former world champion Yuri Foreman.
Both Lara and Andrade had a single fight in 2016, and so far each boxer has only had one ring outing in 2017.
"I got this WBA (title) to fight Lara and now look, he's fighting somebody else," Andrade told BoxingScene.com earlier this week. "So it really goes to show what's going on and how frustrating it really is. People want to say, oh, I'm not fighting, I'm not this but it's not that I don't want to fight. It's these other people that don't want to fight. Other boxers don't want to do business."
So does Andrade (24-0, 16 KO's) believe that Lara is ducking him?
After chuckling, he answered - "Whatever business side he has going on is stopping him and he doesn't really want the fight. Like I said at the end of the day, I believe if I want to fight somebody I should be able to go to my promoter, my manager, whoever it is that is in control of the situation to negotiate to be the face of that part of the business - should go and make the fight happen, if two people want to fight.
"That's what's supposed to happen at the end of the day."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com