Junior middleweight contender Demetrius Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and former world amateur champion, must wait a bit longer for his first professional world title opportunity.
Titleholder Zaurbek Baysangurov of Russia withdrew from a July 6 mandatory defense against Andrade at the Palace of Sports in Kiev, Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, Andrade's co-promoter, told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
DeGuardia said it was not clear why Baysangurov withdrew from the bout.
"He says it's his back but originally (his promoter, K2 Promotions Ukraine) told us that he had a death in the family that he had to deal with," DeGuardia said.
"This all happened (Monday) and (Tuesday) morning they officially told us it was an injury.
"We're all disappointed. Demetrius has been training and he wanted to fight, obviously, and win the world championship and do it as soon as possible, but things happen."
DeGuardia had traveled to Los Angeles for a news conference for the fight that was supposed to take place on Tuesday. Both fighters were scheduled to appear with Baysangurov coming in from his Big Bear Lake, Calif., training camp and Andrade from his Oakland, Calif., training camp.
"(K2) told us they were not flying Demetrius in because there was no need because they were canceling press conference," he said. "They said that Baysangurov had to go back home because his uncle died and that he would finish his training there. That was late (Monday) night and then (Tuesday) morning at 5 a.m. (Los Angeles time) we received official notice from K2 that it was off because of the back."
Nobody from K2 was available for comment.
In mid-April, K2 Promotions Ukraine won the purse bid for the fight with an offer of $501,200 to top the only other bid, which was $401,000 made by Andrade's co-promoters, DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions. By winning the bid, K2 Promotions Ukraine had the right to determine the date and location for the fight.
DeGuardia said that under the purse bid rules if one fighter had to pull out because of an injury "the non-injured fighter would fight somebody else for the title. I believe we will fight somebody else for the title. The rule is clear from the purse bid."
So it could be that Andrade faces another opponent for a vacant or interim title with the winner of that bout obligated to next face Baysangurov when he is ready to fight again.
Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), 25, of Providence, R.I., is coming off a 10-round shutout decision victory against former welterweight world title challenger Freddy Hernandez on Jan. 25.
Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs), 28, who was due to make his third title defense, made his first two in 2012, winning both by unanimous decision in Ukraine. He outpointed Michael Soro in May and defeated Lukas Konecny in October.