Junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade will meet for the WBO’s vacant belt on the undercard of the middleweight clash featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera on Sept. 7 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, an event that is being promoted by Top Rank and televised on HBO.
Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 knockouts) and Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 by the WBO. The former titleholder, Zaurbek Baysangurov, has been injured, “so they’re going to vacate his title, which is part of the deal that they had with (the) purse bid, and then, No. 1 and No. 2 will fight each other,” according to Artie Pelullo, Andrade’s promoter.
Meanwhile, Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will have been out of the ring for nearly a year when he rises into the super middleweight division to face Vera (23-6, 14 KOs).
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