By Francisco Salzar
A possible showdown could be in the works between super welterweight world title holder Zaurbek Baysangurov and unbeaten contender Demetrius Andrade, promoter Art Pelullo told BoxingScene.com.
Art Pelullo, head of Banner Promotions, co-promotes Andrade along with Star Boxing Productions.
Pelullo further told Boxingscene.com that negotiations are underway with Baysangurov’s camp about a possible fight sometime in June.
Andrade, who is ranked number two by the WBO, is getting the opportunity to fight for a world title belt because he is the next fighter in line to face Baysangurov. The number one ranked contender, Vanes Martirosyan, was scheduled to fight on a Top Rank card in Macau on April 6th, but had to withdraw because of a thumb injury he suffered in training camp.
The Russian Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his world title belt with a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over Lucas Konecny on October 6th in Kiev, Ukraine.
Although every promoter does what they could to ensure their fighter has every possible advantage in challenging for a world title belt, Pelullo has no problem having his guy fight abroad.
“We have no issues having him (Andrade) fighting in Ukraine,” said Pelullo, who is based out of Philadelphia. “Kiev is a lovely city. We’re happy to go over there and fight. I just believe that Demetrius wins the fight easily.”
Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), from Providence, RI, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Freddy Hernandez in Huntington, NY on January 25th. He is a former amateur champion and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County Star newspaper. His twitter handle is Salazar_soccer and could be reached at [email protected]