Billy Joe Saunders has until July 22 to come to an agreement to defend his title against number one contender Demetrius Andrade.
The middleweight champion, currently linked to domestic fights with James DeGale and Martin Murray, recently informed WBN of his intentions to seek out huge challenges.
Due to the nature of Andrade’s reputation as a firm member of the ‘Who Needs Him Club’, there’s a real possibility Saunders will now vacate the WBO title in his possession.
Saunders, speaking in an exclusive interview with WBN last week, had said the following:
“I’m not saying I want to vacate, it’s one of them. If a big, big fight came and it meant me moving up a weight and Frank could speak to the WBO that’d be great. As far as I’m concerned, I’m happy to be middleweight champion of the world.
“I find that these belts now get in the way of big fights – I’m the middleweight champion of the world but it can hold up these big, big fights.
“I held onto to my belt because GGG wanted the final piece of the puzzle but then he got stripped of his IBF so it’s not a full unification between himself and me anymore.”
The email obtained by WBN ordering Saunders v Andrade reads a follows:
July 12th, 2018
MR. FRANK WARREN QUEENSBERRY PROMOTIONS
Mr. DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
Mr. EDWARD FARRIS MANAGER
Re: WBO Middleweight Title Bout Negotiations Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade
Please be advised the parties have ten days (10) upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement concerning the WBO Middleweight Title Bout between Billy Joe Saunders and Demetrius Andrade. If an accord is not reached within the time frame stated herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant to our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.
The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO Middleweight division is $200,000.00 (TwoHundred Thousand Dollars). Any of the parties involved may request a purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiation process.
Luis Batista Salas, Esq.
Cc: Francisco Valcárcel, Esq.
Star Boxing, Inc.