Matchroom Boss Eddie Hearn has informed WBN that talks are underway for a WBO light-middleweight title encounter between newly-crowned champion Demetrius Andrade and mandatory challenger Brian Rose.
Rose, 28, earned his impending championship fight with a hard-earned split decision win over Javier Maciel at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield last month and Hearn was keen to get the ball rolling once American Andrade overcome Vanes Martirosyan at the weekend to pick up the vacant belt.
“Letters went out from the WBO yesterday giving the relevant parties 30 days to negotiate an agreement or it will go to purse bids,” Hearn told World Boxing News.
“We have reached out to Artie Pelullo with whom we have a strong relationship and discussions are underway.”
Hearn has watched on painfully in recent times as stable fighters Lee Purdy, Gavin Rees and Gzregorz Proksa have all lost out in world title challenges on US soil and is hopeful of securing home advantage this time around as Rose bids for a maiden world crown.
“Ideally we would like to bring this fight to Blackpool in the Spring, I think it would be a wonderful occasion for Brian after all his hard work getting to this point.
“I’m sure all will be revealed, but for now Brian can prepare for that life-changing moment,” added Hearn.
25 year-old Andrade became the first from the crop of 2008 US Olympians to claim a world title on Saturday night as ‘Boo Boo’ narrowly out-pointed Martirosyan at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In the process, Andrade ended Martirosyan’s eye-catching 34-fight unbeaten run whilst extending his own perfect 20-fight record, although is now seen to be the weakest link of the current 154lb title holders.
The Providence fighter did display impressive boxing skills in picking up his first recognized belt though and Hearn will now hope to persuade Andrade’s team to make the trip to the UK for his first defence.
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