Will Demetrius Andrade Regret Moving To 168lbs?
Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) is on the verge of switching to the super middleweight division (168lb) to fight Zach Parker (22-0, 16 KOs).
The motive behind Andrade’s move is quite clear. He wants to have the money fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez if he can put up a phenomenal performance against Parker.
This means he will have to vacate his WBO middleweight title first as the sanctioning body has already declared Zhanibek Alimkhanuly the mandatory challenger.
Once Andrade completes the move to another division, WBO is likely to waste no time in picking another challenger for Alimkhanuly and have a new champion within a few weeks.
At 160, he would be stuck sharing the ring with fighters that are yet to raise their stocks.
While many boxing pundits feel going up a division is not the right move for Andrade, former WBC champ Sergio Mora thinks otherwise.
Mora feels that Alimkhanuly is a serious threat to the 160 division and Andrade may just avoid having his unbeaten streak disrupted.
“It’s not only the right move to go up to 168, but not to fight his mandatory,” the 41-year-old said. “I’ll tell you, man, this Zhanibek Alimkhanuly is going to be no joke to fight.