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Demetrius Andrade wants Erislandy Lara next, says promoter

Demetrius Andrade and his promoter are hoping to face Erislandy Lara next.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Artie Pellulo of Banner Promotions, one of Demetrius Andrade’s promoters, says that the 154-pound standout is looking for a title fight next, and that he’ll ask Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza if a fight between Andrade and WBA titleholder Erislandy Lara would be a good fit for the network.


"I’m going to ask Stephen if he is interested in doing a fight between Demetrius and (world titleholder) Erislandy Lara," Pelullo told "Lara and him would be a great fight and the winner of Lara and Andrade could then fight the winner of (Jermell) Charlo and (Charles) Hatley in a unification fight, which would be even bigger than just Demetrius fighting Charlo for his title.

"Demetrius wants a title fight next and I want to get it for him, so this was my thought. Now I have to see if it’s something we can do."

Andrade (23-0, 16 KO) dominated and stopped Willie Nelson on June 11 in a Showtime co-feature bout, while Lara (23-2-2, 13 KO) is coming off of a decision win over Vanes Martirosyan on May 21, a Showtime main event.

There’s good reason to argue that they’re the top two fighters at 154 pounds right now, and that a fight between the two could crown a true leader in the junior middleweight ranks.

If this one does happen, who do you like to win?

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