On Saturday September 7th, former U.S. Olympian and undefeated Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) will vie for his first world championship, when he takes on fellow former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) in a twelve round bout from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The bout, which will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing, will be the co-feature to the super middleweight clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera. Andrade was scheduled to contend for the belt on July 6th but an injury to then-champion Zaurbek Baysangurov forced the title to become vacant, thus setting up this showdown of undefeated former Olympians.
“I am looking forward to this fight and have been waiting for this fight ever since I walked into the gym at age 7,” said Andrade. “I always wanted to be champion of the world and on September 7th I will be crowned champion. I wanted to win an Olympic gold medal and since they took that from me, I am going to take this world title. I was a 2008 Olympian and he made it in 2004. I will show him that if I was around in 2003 and 2004, he would not have made the team!”