Demetrius Andrade is sent to turn down a clash with Derby’s Zach Parker for the WBO’s interim super-middleweight title and look elsewhere for more options at 168lbs, according to Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.
Frank Warren‘s Queensberry Promotions secured promotional rights for a potential fight between the pair last week with a winning purse bid of $350,000 but it turns out that the American will not take up the opportunity to secure a shot at Canelo Alvarez‘s WBO strap. Attention will now turn towards a fight between Parker and fellow Brit John Ryder, who is the next contender in line as per the WBO’s ranking system.
Andrade vacated his WBO title at 160lbs earlier this year to pursue world honours in the next weight division up and so it is puzzling as to why he has turned this opportunity down when all four belts are held by the same man anyway, with it unlikely that the Mexican Alvarez will voluntarily take on the Providence man anytime soon. Parker meanwhile halted Marcus Morrison inside four rounds at the end of last year as a potential world title shot edges closer, while Ryder edged past Daniel Jacobs in May to keep his world title dreams alive.