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Pelullo is committed to Andrade-Culcay bout


In his first public comments on the brouhaha involving Demetrius Andrade’s torpedoed title bout with Jack Culcay on Saturday, promoter Artie Pelullo, who handles Andrade, said he remains committed to seeing the fight through with Culcay on a future date and is waiting on a ruling by the WBA to determine what is next for the two boxers.

“Nov. 5 is not happening in Germany,” Pelullo told RingTV.com on Wednesday of Andrade’s challenge for Culcay’s secondary 154-pound title, which was not to be shown on American television. “Now the WBA is going to make a ruling and we’re waiting for that ruling to see what the next steps are for the Andrade-Culcay fight on when the fight will happen. We remain committed to fighting for the WBA title.”

There are several options for what could possibly happen next. The WBA could potentially strip Culcay if it deems he was at fault for pulling out of the Nov. 5 date, though this seems unlikely. The WBA could also order a second purse bid after Culcay won the first auction in August with an offer of $425,144, though that wouldn’t be fair to the Andrade camp. Another scenario is the WBA could just rule that promotional control of the fight goes to the runner-up bid, which would be Pelullo and co-promoter Joe DeGuardia.

“Nothing has changed,” Pelullo said. “Demetrius Andrade is the best 154-pounder in the world and we’re going to get this fight. He’s going to beat Jack Culcay and defend the WBA title several times.”

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