Demetrius Andrade has once again left Zach Parker standing at the altar.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Providence’s Andrade will no longer move forward with his re-ordered interim WBO super middleweight title fight against Parker, a fight which he has twice requested. The development comes just as the deadline was approaching for the WBO to receive written confirmation that they have accepted the terms of the September 22 purse bid won by Queensberry Promotions at $305,000 as the lone bidder.
Andrade vacated his WBO middleweight title to initially move forward with the fight but is now left without a confirmed next move. England’s Parker (22-0, 16KOs) will remain the next contender in line for whatever option the WBO chooses—whether to order a new interim title fight or proclaim the Brit as the mandatory challenger to the title held by undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (58-2-2, 39KOs).
Andrade-Parker was first in play earlier this year, originally as an alternative to Andrade (31-0, 19KOs) defending his WBO middleweight title against mandatory challenger Janibek Alimkhanuly (12-0, 8KOs). Andrade was able to persuade the WBO to instead sanction an interim title fight at super middleweight.
Despite specifically requesting the fight, Andrade was unable to reach terms with Parker which forced the matter to a purse bid hearing. Queensberry won the session, bidding $1,834,050 to outpace Matchroom Boxing, Andrade’s promoter at the time who bid $1,750,000. Andrade was due 65-percent of the winning bid ($1,192,132.50) for a fight that was to take place May 21 in Derby, England but was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering a shoulder injury that put him on the shelf for roughly four months.
Andrade was then back on the hook to face Alimkhanuly, who by that time had claimed the WBO middleweight title in a second-round knockout of Danny Dignum. Talks went nowhere for that fight as well, though Andrade put an end to the saga by vacating his title before the matter went to a purse bid hearing in exchange for another shot at facing Parker for the interim super middleweight title.
Queensberry’s bid barely above the purse bid minimum would have left Andrade with a $183,000 payday for a fight to take place November 5 in England. It is not uncommon to negotiate a side deal outside the terms of the purse bid, although it won’t even come to that. All parties were informed that the fight would no longer take place, once again leaving Parker without a fight.
“I never bad mouth any fighter. I very rarely speak but this is not right and I feel my career bas been badly stalled,” Parker told BoxingScene.com. “I’m very lucky to have Frank Warren, (manager) Neil Marsh and Black Country Boxing behind me because I’m ready to go. This won’t prevent me from getting where I’m going.
“Demetrius Andrade knew he would get knocked clean out and he was the perfect fight for progress to become world champion. I look forward to fighting in November and delivering a big performance for all my fans and team.”
The WBO has not yet confirmed next steps for Parker.
As for Andrade, his name has come up as an option for another interim title fight. Sampson Lewkowicz recently went public in admitting he would be interesting in securing the former two-division titlist for interim WBC super middleweight titlist David Benavidez who is still in need of an opponent for a targeted ring return later this year.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox