The WBO has ordered that Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade are to fight for their now-vacant junior middleweight title, which hit the market earlier today after Zaurbek Baysangurov pulled out of his July 6 fight with mandatory challenger Andrade due to a back injury.
Martirosyan says he's up for the fight:
"I'm very happy that the WBO is giving me the shot. I can't wait, it's been a long time coming and I'm ready. I just can't wait. It's going to be a great fight. We are both Olympians and undefeated. It's going to be a big fight for all the fans. I want to say thank you to WBO for the opportunity. I'm ready for the fight and I'm 100% fit. I'm happy to be with [manager] Cameron [Dunkin] and Top Rank because they are the best," Vanes told BoxingScene.com.
It's a pretty good fight, as both Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KO) and Andrade (19-0, 13 KO) are right on the cusp of being serious players at 154, and a world title belt would give them some leverage. It's also a doable fight -- or should be, anyway -- given that Martirosyan is with Top Rank, while Andrade is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Artie Pellulo's Banner Promotions.
Martirosyan fought this past weekend, blasting through journeyman Ryan Davis in just two rounds. Andrade last fought in January, routing Freddy Hernandez.
Who do you favor if the fight goes down?