Andrade still returning in June, but not against Sulecki

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The WBO middleweight titleholder’s home fight in Providence is still slated for June.

Demetrius Andrade is still scheduled to make a home defense of his WBO middleweight title in Providence, Rhode Island, but the exact date and opponent are still up in the air, according to Eddie Hearn.

Previous reports were that Andrade (27-0, 17 KO) would return at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on June 22, but now that’s apparently going to be either June 22 or June 29. And the earlier idea of having him face the Maciej Sulecki-Gabriel Rosado winner in that fight is also scrapped now, as Sulecki — who weathered a late rally attempt from Rosado on March 15 to win a decision — suffered a hairline fracture in his right hand in that fight.

So now things are somewhat up in the air for the 31-year-old Andrade, a former titleholder at 154 pounds who added the 160-pound belt last October with a win over Walter Kautondokwa in Boston. He most recently fought on Jan. 18, beating Artur Akavov in New York.

For what it’s worth, the current WBO top 10 contenders are:

  1. Gennady Golovkin, who like Andrade is with DAZN, but is schedule to make his debut with the streaming service on another date in June
  2. David Lemieux, also a DAZN fighter, but looking like he’ll move to 168 to face John Ryder on the Canelo-Jacobs card on May 4
  3. Sulecki
  4. Jack Culcay, who is facing Sergiy Derevyanchenko in an IBF eliminator this Saturday
  5. Steven Butler, a 23-year-old Canadian who’s never really fought anyone, was stopped by Brandon Cook in 2017
  6. Alantez Fox, whom Andrade has already beaten
  7. Brandon Adams, who was recently incredibly in-demand and looks to have chosen Jermall Charlo instead of Gennady Golovkin
  8. Jeff Horn, who is only tentatively a middleweight and may be able to wrangle a frankly easier, solid money fight if he plays his cards right
  9. Liam Williams, a domestic-level British fighter who is also with Frank Warren
  10. Patrice Volny, a 29-year-old Canadian fighter who has the NABO belt but isn’t legitimately on the world radar

Nos. 11 through 15 are Luke Keeler, Marcelo Esteban, Artem Chebotarev, Conrad Cummings, and Obodai Sai.

Taking out the unavailable (Golovkin, Lemieux, Sulecki, Culcay, Adams) and the unlikely (Fox, Horn, Williams), that leaves you with Steven Butler and Patrice Volny from the top 10. Not exactly the most inspiring situation on paper, honestly, but not the most unbelievable potential opponents for a hometown defense in Providence, either. It won’t definitely be one of those guys, but you might want to keep the names in mind.

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