Acquinity Sports is hoping to get another of their fighters into a world title fight, as the promotional outfit is volunteering welterweight fringe contender and all-four-bodies ranked Ed Paredes as a substitute opponent for IBF titlist Devon Alexander on May 18.
Alexander (24-1, 13 KO) was to face Kell Brook, but that fight is now off for the third time, and this time, Golden Boy is keeping Alexander on the card and looking for a replacement opponent.
Paredes (32-3-1, 21 KO) has been featured on ESPN2 a few times, and has gone 11-0-1 since a 2009 loss to Carlos Molina.
From Acquinity's Henry Rivalta:
"Acquinity Sports just crowned its first world champion, IBF super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez, and we'd love the opportunity for Ed to become our second world champion. Ed's earned a world title shot and he's ready to fight Alexander on only 30-days notice. Let's make a deal."
While some will scoff at the "call-out," and it's easy to do so given that Paredes may be ranked by all four bodies, but doesn't really have the record that would make someone unbiased call him a "contender," it's not like it's that crazy. Fighters like Paredes and certainly worse get world title shots all the time -- guys like Omar Narvaez, Chris John, and Koki Kameda make their living with world title challengers of equal or lesser quality compared to Paredes. And given the short notice, you could do worse.