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Andrade and Culcay get two-week extension from WBA


The WBA has granted a two-week extension to both Demetrius Andrade and secondary 154-pound titleholder Jack Culcay to hammer out a deal before a second purse bid is ordered, Artie Pelullo, who co-promotes Andrade, told on Friday.

The WBA called for a second purse bid earlier this month that was scheduled for this past Monday after the two sides couldn’t come to terms to stage the fight in Germany on Nov. 5 after Sauerland Event, which handles Culcay, won the initial purse bid in August with an offer of $425,144. Now, in the hopes of rescuing a fight that seems as though it might never happen and which involves Andrade, one of the top junior middleweights, the WBA has pushed back staging the second purse bid from this past Monday in the hopes the sides can come to a mutual resolution. The second purse bid is now scheduled for Nov 28; the fight must then take place within 90 days.

“We’ve asked for a two-week extension for the second purse bid,” Pelullo said in a phone interview. “And their side agreed to it. The bid was supposed to happen on Monday and now we have two weeks from Monday to make a deal. We all agreed to work it out instead of going to a second purse bid. If we go to a purse bid, all we’re going to be doing is arguing and not being productive. So, we have two weeks from Monday to either make a deal or we go to a second purse bid.”

Asked to describe the nature of the current negotiations after the talks grew contentious in the previous go-around, Pelullo laughed and said, “We’re talking.” Sauerland blames Andrade for missing several deadlines to sign a contract for Nov. 5 while Pelullo, who promotes Andrade with Joe DeGuardia, denies this and believes Culcay never wanted the fight in the first place because he knows he is a heavy underdog.

“They’re coming to the realization the fight’s going to happen,” he said. Pelullo would like to place the fight in the U.S. after it was pegged for Germany last time and has now proposed co-promoting the bout and sharing equally in all the different revenue streams. “We have to work together as a team,” he said. Andrade (23-0, 16 knockouts) hasn’t fought since June 11 when he stopped Willie Nelson in the 12th round.


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