Zach Parker’s promoter Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions bid $1,834,050 to outbid Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing who offered $1,750,000 to win the promotional rights to Demetrius Andrade vs Zach Parker for the WBO Interim Super Middleweight Title. Andrade as WBO ‘Super Champion’ at Middleweight will receive $1,192,132 (65%) while Parker as WBO #1 will receive $641,918 (35%)
Upon winning the bids, Queensberry Promotions initially provided a date of May 21st for the fight and stated that it would take place in the UK in one of three cities. These were Derby, Birmingham and London. Zach Parker, the Derbyshire native, has always dreamt of fighting at his bellowed Pride Park and now Queensberry Promotions have delivered just that.
On May 21st Live on BT Sport, Zach Parker will take on Demetrius Andrade at the Pride Park Football Stadium in Derby.
Breakdown of Zach Parker vs Demetrius Andrade
Zach Parker (22-0) takes a massive leap in opposition from British Title Level straight to elite world title level. Parker does not have many notable wins on his resume, he won the British Title controversially against 17-0 Darryll Williams in 2018 before beating WBO #2 Rohan Murdock in a world title eliminator in early 2020.
In early 2021, he signed with Queensberry and has fought 3 times on BT Sport since, headlining a Friday night card, boxing on a Saturday night chief support slot and headlining a Saturday night fight night. BT and Queensberry have done an excellent job raising Parker’s profile but whether he can have enough commercial success to make up the 1.8m bid remains to be seen.
Andrade (31-0) is a 2-weight world champion hoping to become a 3-weight world champion in 2022. It is very likely that the winner will be elevated to full world champion as Canelo is unlikely to make a mandatory defence so this is essentially for the full world title although the WBO has reserved the right to order the winner to face the Benavidez-Lemiuex winner.
Andrade has struggled his whole career to land major fights and although the American Public’s interest in Andrade-Parker will not be that big, the UK fight fans will be thrilled with this fight and consider it a major fight. This fight is arguably better off in the UK where it will be more appreciated, especially with Andrade being another American star to make his UK debut in the first half of 2022 -previously Daniel Jacobs.
Andrade aims for a Canelo fight and a win here would make him one of three names who could land that opportunity in December 2021.
Written by EverythingBoxing
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