Billy Joe Saunders handed world title opportunity as WBO order Demetrius Andrade to defend against Brit

The WBO have ordered Demetrius Andrade to make the next defence of his middleweight world title against former champion Billy Joe Saunders.

Back in October, the pair were scheduled to meet when Saunders held the belt and the American was mandatory, however now the tables have turned as the Brit failed a drugs test and subsequently vacated his title.

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Billy Joe Saunders fought Charles Adamu in an unranked bout on December 22, this was not affected by his WBO ban

Billy Joe was handed a six-month WBO suspension as a result of the debacle, though this has been ended early as he submitted to all of their requests including extra drugs testing and charity work with disadvantaged children.

In his absence, Andrade beat Walter Kautondokwa to claim the belt and defended it once against Artur Akavov.

Now, Billy Joe Saunders wants his world title back.

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Demetrius Andrade now wears the WBO middleweight crown

Both parties have 30 days – until February 21 – to make a deal, then the bout will go to purse bids.

When the fight was initially put together last year, rival promoters Eddie Hearn (Andrade) and Frank Warren (Saunders) came to an eleventh-hour agreement – via management company MTK Global.

It will be different this time, as Demetrius Andrade is now the champion and so entitled to the vast majority of a potential purse bid, a complete reverse on the previous scenario.

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The WBO sent out this letter, ordering the fight

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