By Rick Reeno
Undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21KOs) is ready and very willing to get in the ring with fellow unbeaten Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13KOs) for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. The belt became vacant earlier today when champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (28-1, 20KOs) announced that he injured his back and was forced to withdraw from his scheduled defense against Andrade, which was set for July 6th in Kiev, Ukraine.
Shortly after Baysangurov's withdrawal, the World Boxing Organization announced that Andrade would have to face Vanes for the vacant championship. The winner of Vanes-Andrade will have to make their first defense against Baysangurov. Vanes returned this past Saturday night in Dallas and blasted out Ryan Davis in two rounds.
"I'm very happy that the WBO is giving me the shot. I can't wait, it's been a long time coming and I'm ready. I just can't wait. It's going to be a great fight. We are both Olympians and undefeated. It's going to be a big fight for all the fans. I want to say thank you to WBO for the opportunity. I'm ready for the fight and I'm 100% fit. I'm happy to be with [manager] Cameron [Dunkin] and Top Rank because they are the best," Vanes told BoxingScene.com.