Undefeated light middleweight Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), is on a mission to complete a rare "boxing double" November 9, when he fights Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant WBO 154-pound title.
Andrade vs. Martirosyan will be part of an HBO tripleheader, airing live from Corpus Christi, Texas, headlined by WBO junior lightweight Roman Martinez’ title defense against Mikey Garcia, in addition to a rematch between former world champions Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.
In 2007, Andrade captured a gold medal as an amateur at the AIBA World Championships in Chicago. A Nov. 9th victory over Martirosyan would make Andrade one of the few contemporary world champions as both a professional and amateur.
The gifted southpaw can become the first native New Englander to be world champion of a major governing body since Massachusetts-born heavyweight John "The Quietman" Ruiz in 2005, as well as the first Rhode Islander to do the same since Cranston’s light middleweight Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" in 1991.
"I honestly don’t pay attention to anything other than working hard to reach my goal of becoming world champion," the 25-year-old said from his Atlanta training camp. "Everything else is irrelevant, at least for right now, as I train for my first world title fight. New England has had a lot of good fighters.