WBO Delays Purse Bid For Demetrius Andrade-Janibek Alimkhanuly
The WBO has given another week to teams of Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 18KOs) and Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7KOs) to come to terms for their middleweight title fight.
Both fighters were previously given until January 14 to reach a deal. If they don’t have an agreement in place by the end of this week, the fight will move to a purse bid.
Many days were spent by Andrade’s team in exploring their alternate plan of an interim WBO super middleweight title fight with Zach Parker.
On November 30, the sanctioning body ordered the 33-year-old to fight Alimkhanuly. He now has another week to decide whether he will follow the November 30 order or go for the Parker fight.
Andrade is coming off a second-round knockout of Ireland’s Jason Quigley which marked his fifth middleweight title defense.
The fight went down on November 19 at SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Providence-bred southpaw was eyeing a fight against IBF titlist Gennadiy Golovkin (41-1-1, 36KOs), but GGG had different plans.
Triple G is eyeing a title unification clash with WBA claimant Ryota Murata. They were scheduled to box on December 29, but Japan’s travel restrictions for COVID-19 barred Golovkin from entering the country on the proposed date.
Hence, Andrade had to be booked with Alimkhanuly, who was available for the fight and had made a case for the top challenger with a recent win.