By Jack Tiernan: The Earth Boxing Firm has requested a purse bid for January 15th for WBO middleweight champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade and his mandatory challenger Zhanibek Alimkhanuly.
Andrade’s management has been seeking to established up a unification battle with WBC 160-lb winner Jermall Charlo, but it appears to be like like that’s a no-go.
Jermall is flat-out NOT intrigued in at any time battling Andrade due to the fact the likelihood are higher that he’ll reduce. Charlo is a superior fighter, but he’s not shown a great deal of ambition to choose risky opponents.
Preventing on Showtime, Jermall has a fantastic thing heading, becoming fed weak opposition by his management at PBC, and he’s not likely to rock the boat by preventing Andrade.
Vacating tends to make feeling for Demetrius
As a consequence, Andrade (31-, 19 KOs) wants to make your mind up regardless of whether to go by way of with the purse bid for the hard title defense towards the unbeaten Alimkhanuly (11-, 7 KOs) or to vacate and ask for for the WBO to make him the necessary for Canelo Alvarez’s 168-lb title.
Given how dangerous the 28-year-outdated Alimkhanuly is as a knockout artist, Andrade really should consider vacating and going up to 168 to be set up as the Mexican star’s WBO required.
It’s uncertain that Canelo would pick out to protect his WBO title versus a slick boxer like Demetrius, so he’d possibly vacate or be stripped of his title. When that occurs, Andrade will deal with a single of these contenders in the WBO’s top 5:
1. Zach Parker
2. Daniel Jacobs
3. David Lemieux
4. Aslambek Idigov
5. Aidos Yerbossynuly
These are all very beatable opposition for Andrade, and he’d very likely defeat them. Jacobs used to be a very good fighter, but he is hunting perfectly earlier it lately.
This author very seriously doubts that Jacobs would at any time concur to a struggle with Andrade, even if he were being requested to encounter him by the WBO.
The WBO has purchased a purse bid for a middleweight title struggle in between @BooBooAndrade and Zhanibek Alimkhanuly. Date for the bid is January 15th. Andrade has been pursuing a unification fight with @FutureOfBoxing.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) December 21, 2021
Andrade has defended his WBO middleweight title five situations given that successful the vacant title with a knockout victory in excess of Walter Kautondokwa in 2018.
Andrade not able to get the compelling fights
In Andrade’s previous combat, he defeated a terribly overmatched Jason Quigley by a 2nd round knockout on November 19th.
Since signing with Matchroom Boxing in 2018, the British firm has kept him routinely battling. Still, unfortunately, his opposition has predominantly British isles fighters that U.S casual boxing supporters had no curiosity in seeing.
Andrade would like to struggle Canelo, Gennadiy Golovkin, Jaime Munguia, and Jermall Charlo, but individuals fights are not offered to him.
At this issue, it’s apparent that the only way Andrade will get the major men to fight him is if he moves up to 168. As a result considerably, Andrade has been hesitant to shift up in fat, most likely for the reason that he doesn’t like the notion of getting diminished to currently being a contender.
As the WBO 160-lb champion, Andrade has been creating fantastic cash defending his title towards obscure British fighters with marginal talent and no name recognization.