Demetrius Andrade To Surrender Title And Move To 168 For Zach Parker Bout
Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) has had a history of calling out fighters for refusing to fight him at high-risk, low-reward encounters.
However, the roles are reversed this time as the 34-year-old will be surrendering his middleweight title for basically the same reasons.
According to the reports from Jake Donovan, “Boo Boo” will not be facing interim WBO champion Janibek Alimkhanuly as initially planned. Instead, Andrade will be moving to super middleweight to chase a fight against old-rival Zach Parker.
Andrade was supposed to fight Parker, but those negotiations fell through after Andrade suffered a shoulder injury.
Andrade held the championship for five years and had five successful defenses, the best which came against Liam Williams.
Initially, Andrade received a proposal of shifting the Janibek Alimkhanuly fight to the backburner.
However, the Parker bout fell through and the due date for the necessary title defense approached quickly. Therefore, a decision had to be made regarding a new world order in July.