It has been made know by both parties that the vacant WBO Light Middleweight title fight between 2004/2008 US Olympians Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade will take place in Macao, November 23rd. This fight will be on the televised undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s twelve round welterweight fight against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
In a quick turn of events last month then-WBO beltholder Zaurbek Baysangurov announced he had injured his back and would be out of the ring for over six months and done with any form of training for the time being. This caused a cancellation of his mandatory defense against Andrade, so the WBO ordered the top two contenders (Martirosyan and Andrade) to face off for the vacant belt. The winner must schedule a fight with and/or face Zaurbek Baysangurov by year’s end.
Andrade, 26 years old and 6’1 is a very large Junior Middleweight. He’s known for using his ranginess to keep his opponents at a solid distance and repel them with his quick, hard combinations. Against his toughest opponent to date in Martirosyan – few doubt he will have it that easy.
Martirosyan, a strong man and also coming in at a good 6’0 and 27 years old will be looking to use his shorter reach and heavier man-power to trap Andrade and do damage as much as possible. He struggled to find his last major opponent in Erislandy Lara, who managed to run and jab to walk away with a close split-draw. He has since returned to obliterate the little known Ryan Davis in only a round’s time.
This hopes to be a good fight. Follow us for more information on that and the entire Pacquiao-Rios bill as it takes shape.