Andrade pulls out of Charlo fight
- Updated: November 17, 2014
Demetrius Andrade was scheduled to defend his 154-pound title on the December 13 card in Las Vegas, but has withdrawn from the fight against Jermell Charlo, citing financial reasons.
Golden Boy Promotions had made the announcement on Monday afternoon that Andrade would be unavailable for the fight, but ESPN reports that Andrade was not happy with the purse he was offered for the title defense.
Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) was set to make $300,000 for the fight but father and trainer Paul Andrade told ESPN that the fight was made without he or Demetrius giving it the green light.
“We’re the only legitimate titleholder on the whole card and everyone else is making more than us? That’s not right,” said Paul Andrade. “I’m glad they’re all getting paid. I really am, but pay us too. The fight’s off.
“We ain’t worried about fighting Charlo but everything has a value. We wanted a fair purse. We’ve done our cheap fights. They need to put more money on the table and they need to talk to us about the plan for my son’s career.”
The card is being headlined by the welterweight clash between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander, with Abner Mares and Victor Ortiz also scheduled to compete. With Andrade-Charlo no longer in play, it remains to be seen what Showtime decides to do with the proposed tripleheader, by either adding Mares or Ortiz to the televised portion of the card, or leaving it as a doubleheader.
Whether or not the Andrade-Charlo fight gets rescheduled is unclear.