Demetrius Andrade relinquishes WBO middleweight world title
Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19KO) has now officially vacated his WBO middleweight world title, meaning Janibek Alimkhanuly (12-0, 8KO) has been upgraded from 'interim' to full world champion.
Andrade had been ordered by the World Boing Organization to begin negotiations for a title defence to Alimkanuly in July, but instead the undefeated 'Boo Boo' has moved up to super-middleweight to chase big fights there.
The 34-year-old from Rhode Island was due to have his first fight at 168lbs against WBO #1 Zach Parker (22-0, 16KO). Andrade and Parker were set to square off at the Brit's beloved Derby County Football Club stadium, Pride Park, in May for the vacant WBO Interim super-middlewieght world title. However, the American unfortunately sustained a shoulder injury just weeks before fight nght, forcing him to withdraw from the championship contest. A new date is set to ba announced soon.
Both super-middles are aiming for a win to get into pole position to face the winner of Canelo-Golovkin 3.