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Demetrius Andrade wants to participate in WBC tournament

Although he was recently stripped of a world title, Andrade is looking to get one back by opting into the WBC's planned tournament to find their new 154lb world champion.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Demetrius Andrade is looking to capitalize on the void Floyd Mayweather has left at 154lbs, aspiring to win another world title by taking part in the WBC's newly planned tournament at 154lbs.

Andrade was stripped of his WBO world title over the summer due to his inactivity, but has since beaten a soft touch in Dario Fabain Pucheta last month in only two rounds after a year-plus layoff.

"I'm happy to be rated No. 3 by the WBC and will be honored to participate in its tournament," Andrade said. "Hopefully, (No. 1 Jermell) Charlo and (No. 5 Austin) Trout will agree to fight in the tournament, so everyone will finally know who No. 1 in the 154-pound division is," said Andrade, a 27-year-old southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island. "I'm ready to prove myself again and I hope they step up to the challenge, too."

The final details of the tournaments (to be held at both 147 and 154lbs) has yet to be finalized by the sanctioning body. There's also no word of whether Al Haymon will give the green light for his fighters to participate in these tournaments, with Haymon managing most of the WBC's top ranked fighters at welterweight.

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