Unbeaten super-welterweight contender Demetrius Andrade (22-0-15 KO) is relishing the challenge of taking place in a WBC tournament to determine who will replace Floyd Mayweather as their new official champion at 154lbs.
A 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2007 AIBA World Championships gold medalist, Andrade is also a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-welterweight champion, who was stripped of his title earlier this year due to inactivity.
The 27-year-old southpaw from Providence snapped a 16-month hiatus from the ring last month, stopping former South American champion Dario Fabian “El Gallo” Pucheta (20-3, 11 KOs) in the second round for the vacant WBO International super welterweight championship. Ineligible to be world ranked during his stretch as WBO champion and then inactivity, Andrade is now rated No. 3 by the WBC, as well as No. 4 by the WBO.
Speaking on the tournament, Andrade said:
“I’m happy to be rated No. 3 by the WBC and will be honored to participate in its tournament. Hopefully, (Jermell) Charlo and (Austin) Trout will agree to fight in the tournament, so everyone will finally know who No. 1 in the 154-pound division is. I’m ready to prove myself again and I hope they step up to the challenge, too.”
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