by Jack Ternan: Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade would relinquish the 160-pound WBO title and move up to 168 to battle No. 1 Zach Parker to try to become mandatory middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reports that Andrade will relinquish his 160-pound WBO title to go up to fight undefeated Parker (22-0, 17 KOs) for the mandatory spot.
The only reason WBO didn’t install Demetrius as the immediate mandatory 168-pound Canelo title with their foundation was because Zach Parker, 27, had been waiting for a while at No. 1 and didn’t want to get him jump frog without giving him a shot to hold his position.
This is not a gift for Demetrius, as Parker has a lot of talent and can strike. This fight may be the toughest for Andrade in many years since his hard fought fight with Jack Colcay in 2017.
Zhanibek to fight for the vacant WBO title
There was a money bid scheduled this week for Andrade’s defense against mandatory WBO’s Zhanibek Alemkhanoli at 160. This is a fight that wouldn’t have made Andrade much money, and it will be tough, given that 2016 Olympic Zhanibek (11-0, 7 KOs) has plenty of Strength, which is strong.
With Andrade relinquishing the 160-pound WBO title, Zhanibek will be battling the second largest available contender in the WBO rankings.
“Andrade, the second division world champion, faced a cash offer this week for the mandatory defense against Janbek Alimkhanoli. Alimkhanoli’s team will be seeking a vacant title. Possible contender: Chris Eubank Jr, who takes on Liam Williams on February 5th,” Mannix said.
It is questionable whether Chris Eubank Jr. He would choose to face Janibek for the vacant WBO 160lb title, but we’ll see. If the WBO asks Janibek for Eubank Jr, you can bet the fight will happen. The Eubank Jr. Not the kind of fighter who backs out against anyone.
This is a move by 33-year-old Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) set to force WBO champ Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) to finally face him or have his title rescinded in what could be seen as a case of him being publicly elusive.
Many boxing fans already believe Canelo has been publicly shunning Andrade for a decade since 2012, but that’s something that has gone upside down. But if Andrade becomes mandatory for Canelo at the age of 168, he’ll have to fight that fight if he doesn’t want to be seen as intimidated by the 2008 US Olympics.
Canelo gave the boot to Andrade at his post-fight press conference last May when he called him up after defeating British fighter Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Alvarez was less polite with Demetrius in kicking him out of his post-fight press conference, telling him that “Get the f*** from here.” Canelo added that Andrade is “terrible fighter” Despite being the undefeated former world champion in the Second Division and the 2008 Olympics.
Sources told SInow: “Demetrius Andrade intends to give up his 160-pound title and move to £168. The Andrade team is working on a deal to face Zach Parker, so that he becomes the mandatory winner of the super middleweight title held by Canelo Alvarez,” said Kris. Manix.
It’s too bad Andrade is fighting to become mandatory in Canelo at 168 just to try and force him to give him a chance. I mean, this is a fight that many boxing fans will enjoy watching, and Canelo must be aware of that.
For him, his choice to fight a little-known opposition like Ilunga Makabu rather than Demetrius, reinforces the argument that he is evading Providence, a native of Rhode Island.