Ex-titleholder Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) has been out of action for over a year, but has finally landed his next fight against Argentina's Dario Fabian Pucheta (20-2, 11 KOs) on October 17th at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
"It's about time that I get back in the ring. I am happy to be fighting [near] home in front of my fans," said Andrade, who is from Providence, Rhode Island. "It is the most comfortable place in the world to be, and I look forward to regaining my title and defending in front of all my loyal fans. I just want to thank them for their support during the last year. I look forward to seeing all of my fans at the fight."
Though he hasn't been in the ring since June 2014, Andrade has been a busy body: fighting with his promoters, rejecting a Showtime contract that would've earned him $550,000 for his first fight against Jermell Charlo, suing Roc Nation Sports over the Showtime contract he rejected (saying they reneged on an offer to buyout his promotional contract and pay him $550,000 to reject the Showtime contract), to finally getting stripped of his WBO title due to inactivity. Yes, Andrade has had his hands full outside of the squared-circle.
But now, back inside the ring, the undefeated southpaw will take on the foreign import in Pucheta. For those who don't know him, and I'm sure most don't, Pucheta is ranked 26th in the world by Boxrec. He's currently coming off a three fight win streak after dropping a decision to some guy named Anderson Clayton in back 2013. I expect this fight to be a product of favorable matchmaking, in order to ease Andrade back into the swing of things.
Hopefully from now on, Andrade will be able to keep the drama inside the ring as opposed to out of it. He's tremendously talented and it's a shame he's so inactive entering what should be the prime of his career.