Earlier this morning, WBO light middleweight champion, Zaurbek Baysangurov of Russia, pulled out of what was to be his third defense against undefeated American contender, Demetrius Andrade, which was scheduled for July 6th in Kiev, Russia. Andrade’s co-promoter, Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia, today stated that he received word from Baysangurov’s promoter, K2, that their fighter would be unable to go through with the fight, citing a back injury. There were also rumors that Baysangurov is dealing with a recent death in his family.
Baysangurov(28-1, 20 KO’s), was looking to make his first defense of 2013, and hasn’t fought since October of last year when he won a twelve-round unanimous decision over Lukas Konecny. Andrade(19-0, 13 KO’s), on the other hand, was looking for his first crack at a world title, coming off his toughest test to date, when he easily outpointed Freddy Hernandez in January.
In the aftermath of today’s events, the WBO has since ordered Demetrius Andrade to face undefeated and top-ranked Vanes Martirosyan. Martirosyan(33-0-1), is coming off a 2nd-round TKO over Ryan Davis this past Saturday in Texas.
The Boxing Tribune will keep you updated on a potential Andrade Vs. Martirosyan fight as more information becomes available.