Vanes is Eager To Face Demetrius Andrade For WBO Belt

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chiguy91 on 06-19-2013

yes, now it becomes interesting. hell of a lot better fight than one with baysangurov for andrade. it's now or never for vanes imo, let's see what he's got against this undefeated kid. boo boo is at the cusp of…

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 06-18-2013

Vanes is an interesting study. IIRC after the draw with Lara he was given an opportunity to have a rematch, but cited he needed an extra week to let his cut heal and when he wasn't given that, he withdrew…

Comment by mathed on 06-18-2013

What.....dude hurt his back? Come on, that smells fishy to me....wonder if his team got paid off to drop out of the fight?

Comment by Respect Power on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;13481950]That was during the first negotiation for the initial fight, but he went on with it anyway without the reassurance. The WBC dropped Vanes because he requested extra time.[/QUOTE] vanes was avoiding for the first fight too for a long…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=Respect Power;13481933]I remember vanes saying he wountnt take the rematch cause they wouldn't give the winner a Canelo fight in writing. Nothing about being injured[/QUOTE] That was during the first negotiation for the initial fight, but he went on with…

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