By Barry Holbrook: Promoter Frank Warren has won the purse bid with a $305,000 winning bid for the Demetrius Andrade vs. Zach Parker clash for the interim WBO 168-lb title. The fight is reportedly being pegged for November 5th.
Hopefully, the 34-year-old Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) doesn’t suffer an injury that could cause the postponement. He recently had a shoulder problem that has kept him out of the ring lately.
Parker (22-0, 16 KOs) has a lot of power, but whether he can land his shots on the defensive-minded Andrade remains to be seen. It’s reasonable to assume that if this is the same Andrade that we saw in his wins over Liam Williams and Jason Quigley, Parker is in for a long night.
For Andrade, this is the fourth consecutive opponent that he’ll have faced from the UK since 2020. When he was promoted by Eddie Hearn, Andrade defeated Jason Quigley, Luke Keeler, and Liam Williams. Those fights failed to interest U.S fans, unfortunately.
Andrade likely has a good idea of how good Parker (22-0, 16 KOs) is because he wouldn’t be taking this fight if he thought he was over his head.
This will be Andrade’s first fight at super middleweight, as he’s hoping to capture the WBO 168-lb title to put him in a position to challenge undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez for his belts.
The Mexican fighter has already rejected a fight with Andrade, calling him a “horrible fighter” when he called him out after his victory over Billy Joe Saunders.
You can argue that the real truth for why Canelo wants no part of fighting Andrade is because he’s a bad-style match-up for him, and he might lose. Andrade would likely beat Saunders without any problems, and yet Canelo had no qualms with fighting him.
The 28-year-old Parker has recent wins over these fighters: Marcus Morrison, Sherzod Khusanov, Vaughn Alexander, and Rohan Murdock.
Parker hasn’t fought the same level of competition as Andrade, and he lacks the Olympic experience that he possesses. That doesn’t mean he can’t win, but it’s going to require that Andrade gets old on the night.
At 34, Andrade is getting up there in age, and he hasn’t fought anyone as good as Parker in a long time. Parker is like a bigger, stronger version of Liam Williams.