WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was ordered by the WBO to face his mandatory challenger with the organisation next up.

Saunders was hoping to land either Canelo or Golovkin this year but with both top dogs in the division now boxing one another, he’ll have to wait until next year at the earliest.

Unlike last year however Saunders will have at least fought twice this year.

Earlier this year to slick American Willie Monroe Jr and actually, if you include just before last Christmas, his career standout win over Canadian David Lemieux, he will have fought three times in nine months.

Today the WBO ordered him to take on Demetrius Andrade next up and have given both fighter’s teams a short window of 10 days to come to an agreement to make the fight.

Reacting to the news, Saunders said:

A decent scrap on paper between two very smooth, technically competent middleweight operators.

The winner of this will surely be in line for a crack at the winner of Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez in the new year or at the earliest, the end of this year.