By Keith Idec
Two weeks after parting ways with his former promoters, Demetrius Andrade has a new one.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Andrade’s manager, Ed Farris, is in the process Friday of finalizing a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA. As part of that multi-fight agreement, Andrade’s bouts will be streamed live in the United States on DAZN, the streaming service with which Matchroom recently partnered.
The undefeated Andrade’s deal is expected to be announced as part of a Matchroom/DAZN press conference Tuesday in Manhattan. Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. also has expressed recent interest in signing Andrade, who bought himself out of his contract with longtime co-promoters Artie Pelullo and Joe DeGuardia two weeks ago.
The 30-year-old Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) is the WBO’s No. 2 middleweight contender and is in position to challenge WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders in his next fight.
The WBO ordered a Saunders-Andrade fight Thursday because Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs), the WBO’s No. 1 middleweight challenger, agreed to a deal Tuesday to fight Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant IBF middleweight title either October 20 or October 27 in New York (https://www.boxingscene.com/jacobs-vs-derevyanchenko-done-deal-fight-october--129833).
The WBO gave Frank Warren, Saunders’ promoter, and Farris a 10-day window Thursday within which they could come to an agreement for a Saunders-Andrade fight. The WBO stated it would order a purse bid if Warren and Farris couldn’t reach a deal within 10 days.
Hearn could bid on a Saunders-Andrade fight if Warren and Farris can’t make a deal. It isn’t clear, however, if Andrade will pursue a fight against England’s Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) or face another opponent in the first fight of his Matchroom/DAZN deal.
The left-handed Andrade, a 2008 Olympian from Providence, Rhode Island, last fought October 21. The former WBA and WBO 154-pound champion defeated Alantez Fox (23-1-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 12-rounder HBO broadcast that night from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Before buying out his contract with Pelullo and DeGuardia, Andrade considered boxing Brazil’s Yamaguchi Falcao (15-0, 7 KOs) as part of an HBO tripleheader July 21 in Las Vegas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.