By Rick Reeno
Multiple sources with knowledge of the details have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14KOs) will not defend his title against Jermell Charlo (24-0, 11KOs) on Showtime's December 13th event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Based on what BoxingScene was told, there were some financial details that had to be worked out with Andrade. Additionally, Andrade's wife is giving birth around that time period and he wanted to be by her side.
There has been some talk of Andrade-Charlo being pushed back to either January 10 or January 17, but BoxingScene has been made to understand that HBO has a first and last for Andrade's next fight, so nothing is set in stone that Andrade's return will land on Showtime.
Still scheduled for that December Showtime card, is Amir Khan facing Devon Alexander, Keith Thurman battling Leonard Bundu, and also former champions Abner Mares, Victor Ortiz and Beibut Shumenov will be featured in separate fights.
On the same night in Las Vegas, about a mile down the road at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino, HBO will have a televised tripleheader featuring Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves in the main event, Andy Lee facing Matt Korobov for the WBO 160-pound title and Jose Benavidez taking on Mauricio Herrera for the WBA interim-140 pound belt.