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Zach Parker vs Demetrius Andrade eliminator likely for Nov. 5

Zach Parker and Frank Warren have softly announced a Nov. 5 fight with Demetrius Andrade.

Zach Parker and Frank Warren softly announced a Nov. 5 fight with Demetrius Andrade
Zach Parker and Frank Warren softly announced a Nov. 5 fight with Demetrius Andrade
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The postponed WBO super middleweight eliminator between Zach Parker and Demetrius Andrade appears to be back on, with the fight likely for Nov. 5 in the United Kingdom.

“There’s a few destinations, either Nottingham or London, but it doesn’t matter where it is,” Parker said on the Joyce vs Parker UK broadcast.

“I’m just ready to fight now. It’s been a long time, he’s had a shoulder injury, but we’re in now and hopefully the fight gets made.”

The last part might give you pause, but this seems likely to happen. Andrade (31-0, 19 KO) was set to go over to the UK and face Parker (22-0, 16 KO) earlier this year, before his injury postponed the fight, and he has since even vacated his WBO belt at middleweight specifically to take this fight.

The 34-year-old Andrade has held world titles at 154 and 160, never beating a champion to win one and never losing one in the ring. His opposition and style have both been criticized, and he most recently parted ways with Matchroom following a Nov. 2021 win over Jason Quigley in what turned out to be a final defense for his WBO middleweight title reign.

Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted he just couldn’t get Andrade the fights he wanted, but a lot of that has been put on Andrade for various reasons, too, a big one being that he’s obviously good and also doesn’t have much of a fan base, so he doesn’t bring particularly big money to fights.

Parker, 28, is a natural super middleweight but about the same height and reach as Andrade. He’s been tearing through opposition lately, though the opposition is a far cry from Andrade’s skill level. It’ll be a chance for him to score a win that makes him look like a legitimate contender and not just a sanctioning body or “because the division is kind of empty right now” contender.

The Nov. 5 fight would put them head-to-head, in a live broadcast sense, with Dmitry Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight title defense against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on DAZN from Abu Dhabi.

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