Demetrius Andrade To Defend WBO Title Against Janibek Alimkhanuly
The WBO has ordered Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) to defend his middleweight championship against No. 1 contender Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7 KOs).
Teams of both fighters have been granted 20 days to reach an agreement to avoid a purse bid.
Andrade, who has been undefeated in his career so far, has arguably never fought a boxer of Alimkhanuly’s caliber, making the coming title defense one of his toughest tests.
If he clinches a win, Andrade will have his stocks raised and would be an ideal position to demand more lucrative fights against Jermall Charlo, Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez.
Alimkhanuly landed the title shot after mandatory challenger, Jaime Munguia, passed it on. He wanted to take Triple G for the IBF title instead.
Alimkhanuly beat former WBA/WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam in his last fight. The 28-year-old clinched the knockout win in the eighth round on November 20th.
Previously last June, he defeated former WBA champion Rob Brant via technical decision.
Matchroom Sports chairman, Eddie Hearn, was trying to get Jermall Charlo or Munguia to face Andrade, but there’s nothing he could do now after the sanctioning body’s recent announcement.
“… I want to see him fight [Jermall] Charlo. I want to see him fight Golovkin,” Hearn said. “I want to see him in all of those fights. If I can’t deliver them for him, I’d rather see him get them than worry about me. But we’ve got a good relationship. I respect him and think he’s a tremendous fighter.”