Demetrius Andrade-Zach Parker Head To Purse Bid For Interim WBO Super Middleweight Title
Demetrius Andrade and Zach Parker have another shot at making their bout happen.
The WBO has called for a purse bid hearing on September 20 to sort out the promotional rights for the previously approved Andrade-Parker interim super middleweight title fight.
“Please be advised that on August 23, 2022, this Committee ordered the commencement of negotiations for the subject matter bout. The parties were granted 10-days to reach an agreement, or purse bid proceedings would be ordered per WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” Luis Batista-Salas, chairman of the WBO Championship Committee, noted to the respective teams for Andrade and Parker via letter, which was obtained by Boxing Scene.
“Having the time frame provided by this Committee elapsed without an agreement reached, we are hereby ordering Purse Bid proceedings per WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.”
The minimum acceptable bid will be $300,000.
The road to a fight with Parker has collapsed a few times.
This fight was supposed to originally happen on May 21 in Derby, England – Parker’s hometown – but Andrade suffered an injury that canceled the event.
Andrade was then ordered to fight interim WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkahanuly in a unification fight, but Andrade ultimately surrendered that title in order to pursue this fight with Parker – in a new division.
Parker has been the top contender in the WBO super middleweight rankings since 2020. He was named mandatory challenger after Canelo Alvarez committed to a fight with Callum Smith for the WBA Super and vacant WBC title.
Parker has won three fights including a fourth-round stoppage of Marcus Morrison last November.
Andrade successfully retained his WBO middleweight title six times, which he won in October 2018 against Walter Kautondokwa. He now has a chance to get closer to the WBO super middleweight belt.