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WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will finally be making his return to the ring against Ireland’s Luke Keeler on Jan. 30 from a makeshift Verizon-sponsored venue Live from DAZN. The fight was announced by World Boxing Organization (WBO) on Thursday its annual convention in Tokyo, Japan.
“Andrade will fight Keeler in a voluntary (title defense),” Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, president of the WBO declared during the convention. “We will allow that. The winner of that will be ordered to face the mandatory challenger as designated by the WBO.”
The Unbeaten middleweight titlist will be attempting to defend the WBO strap for the third time since defeating the previously unbeaten Walter Kautondokwa last October to win the title. Andrade was initially scheduled to face Billy Joe Saunders, who got suspended for testing positive for a banned substance Oxilofrine during a Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) pre-fight random drug testing.
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