Demetrius Andrade-Zach Parker Purse Bid Delayed After Hurricane Fiona Damages WBO Headquarters
Today’s purse bid for the WBO sanctioned interim super middleweight championship has been delayed.
This time, the culprit is Hurricane Fiona, which has caused flooding, power outages and other lingering effects at the WBO’s headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico and throughout the island. The seven-day delay puts a wall in front of Demetrius Andrade and Zach Parker until Tuesday, September 27, but that is subject to change.
The minimum acceptable bid will be $300,000.
Andrade and Parker were originally supposed to meet on May 21 in Derby, England, but Andrade was forced out of the bout due to an injury, which ultimately cancelled the matchup.
Andrade surrendered his WBO middleweight belt after being ordered to fight interim champion Janibek Alimkahanuly. Andrade previously said that he was pursuing a fight with Parker.
For Parker, he was named the mandatory challenger after Canelo Alvarez committed to fight Callum Smith for the WBA Super and vacant WBC title. Parker has been a WBO top contender since 2020.
Hurricane Fiona is the first of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season and was categorized as a Category 3 as it continues to travel through the Caribbean. It struck Puerto Rico on September 18, causing flash flooding and major power outages.
U.S. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency and has already ordered Federal assistance “to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from [Hurricane] Fiona.”