By Elisinio Castillo
According to WBA, IBO junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), he was looking forward to facing Olympian Demetrius Andrade (24-0, 16 KOs), but claims the fight fell apart over money.
Andrade captured the WBA's "regular" version of the world title when he traveled to Germany last month to win a twelve round decision over Jack Culcay.
Lara hit the ring back in January and scored an easy knockout victory over Yuri Foreman.
Lara has two more dates that were promised to him in 2017. One of those fights is being positioned to take place in the month of June. The boxer recently spent some time in Miami and is now back in training. He wants at least of those fights to be a unification or against someone of value.
"God willing I will be back in the ring in late June. My manager Luis DeCubas Jr. and Al Haymon called me and told me to start training. I only came to Miami to solve some personal problems, but I'm already in camp," Lara told George Ebro.
Lara says his opponent of choice was Andrade, who is also a former WBO champion. He says Andrade overpriced himself. If Lara is unable to get in the ring with Andrade, then he wants to have a unification with newly crowned IBF champion Jarrett Hurd, who is also handled by Al Haymon.
"I'd like to face Demetrius Andrade, who talks too much. But to tell you the truth, at the moment he doesn't want to face me. He is asking for a lot of money, an amount of money that he does not deserve. If we finally don't reach any type of agreement with Andrade, then we will be looking at Jarrett Hurd, the International Boxing Federation champion. I still have two more fights left in 2017. One of them will be against someone important," Lara said.