Zach Parker’s hopes of landing a fight against middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade could be back on.
The unbeaten super-middleweight had been recently linked to a WBO Interim title fight against the American. Speculation soon changed, and it seemed instead that Andrade would go ahead with a mandatory defence of his own WBO middleweight title against Zhanibek Alimkhanuly.
DAZN and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported on Wednesday night that Andrade intends to vacate his title to move up to the 12 stone division.
Alimkhanuly could face number three contender Brazil’s Esquiva Falcao for the title should it be dropped.
Andrade has long been linked to a career defining fight against Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo and Gennadiy Golovkin but it has never really looked like materialising. A move to super-middleweight immediately puts him in the mix to face Canelo, the current undisputed champion.
Fighting Zach Parker would give Andrade a shot at possibly an Interim title but more importantly the mandatory position that the Brit holds.
Parker’s promoter Frank Warren had been working on landing a homecoming fight for his world title contender in April. The show in Derby would have been his first professional outing in front of home support.