Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade - Deal Reached

The World Boxing Organization has advised that a deal has been reached for Billy Joe Saunders' mandatory defense of his WBO middleweight title against undefeated challenger Demetrius Andrade.

A purse bid had been scheduled for earlier today at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. 

According to WBO President Paco Valcarcel, promoters Eddie Hearn (for Andrade) and Warren (for Saunders) reached an agreement on the fight - so the purse bid was canceled.


Valcarcel indicates that Top Rank was present at the purse bid, likely to submit a sum to secure the fight for the ESPN+ streaming service.

Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) has been inactive since securing one of the biggest wins of his career - when he traveled over to Canada to dominate David Lemieux over twelve rounds in December 2017 to retain his title.

It was only the third defense for Saunders since capturing the world title from Andy Lee back in December 2015.

Saunders has been plagued by injuries and postponed bouts.

He was scheduled to fight Martin Murray on two separate days in the last few months - and withdrew from both with claimed training injuries.

A deal to face WBC, WBA, IBO champion Gennady Golovkin was in place for August - but that fell through when Golovkin finalized a deal to face Canelo Alvarez in a rematch on September 15th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

On the other side, Andrade has not been the most active fighter either.

He recently parted ways with career promoters, Banner Promotions and Star Boxing.

It was officially announced earlier this month that Andrade had signed up with promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom. His next fight was being tabbed for October 6th in Chicago, as part of the first Matrchoom USA card on the new streaming service DAZN.

Both promoters indicate that Saunders vs. Andrade will take place in the United States, and Hearn says the contest will be carried by DAZN and Sky Sports.

Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) has been out of the ring since last October, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Alantez Fox. That was his debut bout at the middleweight limit, after holding the WBA's "regular" title in the junior middleweight division.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NC Uppercut on 07-26-2018

Man I’m so glad this fight is made!!!

Comment by Kezzer on 07-26-2018

So Hearn confirmed today he expected the fight to be on October 20th and east coast now rather than original intention to have this date at L.A. The good news for Americans who want to get DAZN is that this…

Comment by Phenom on 07-26-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18968044]... "Hopefully, we can put the fight in my hometown [of Providence, Rhode Island]," Andrade told ESPN.[/QUOTE] Soo Miller and Vargas are going to headline the Chicago card This is no better than FNF card

Comment by KingTito on 07-26-2018

Great matchup!

Comment by Sid-Knee on 07-26-2018

[QUOTE=Sosay;18967524]I feel you but Id say the same thing if it was anywhere in Europe. Thats boxing 4u![/QUOTE] If it was in Germany, I would definitely agree. But not in the UK. We get it right the vast majority of…

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