WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) made quick work of Jason Quigley (19-2, 14 KOs) in knocking him out in the second round in a scheduled 12 round bout on Friday night at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Quigley was knocked down once in the first round and twice more in the second round. The referee chose to halt the fight after the second knockdown in the second round. The time was 2:24.
In the co-feature bout, WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez (18-1 14 KOs) and challenger McWilliams Arroyo (21-4 16 KOs) had their fight ruled a no contest. Arroyo was cut twice over his right eye from two separate head-butts from Martinez, who was lowering his head and rushing forward to throw shots.
Both cuts were caused by Martinez clashing heads with the 35-year-old Arroyo. After the round ended, Arroyo complained that he couldn’t see out of his cut right eye, resulting in the fight being stopped.
Martinez and Arroyo were both down in the first round in a thrilling start to the contest. In round two, Martinez pushed Arroyo to the canvas and was given credit for a knockdown.
IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) outclassed his hard-hitting Chilean substitute opponent Jose Velazquez (29-7-2, 19 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision. The scores were 119-109, 119-109, and 119-109.
Initially, it looked like Akhmadaliev was going to score a first round knockout, as he was hitting Velasquez at will with shots in the first round.
However, Velasquez took the shots and gave Akhamadaliev an extremely hard fight, hurting him in the seventh round with big body shots. Velazquez gave Akhamadaliev enough problems to where he spent the later rounds holding and shoving.
In a thrilling contest, Kali Reiss (19-7-1, 5 KOs) retained her WBA World female super lightweight title with a 10 round split decision win over the game Jessie Camara (8-3). Along with the win, Reiss, 35, captured the vacant WBO title. The judges’ scores were as follows: 97-93, 97-93 for Kali, and 95-94 for Camara. Boxing 247 scored it for Reiss by a 97-93 score.
Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) wants to make a statement by stopping the 30-year-old Quigley (19-1, 14 KOs) to use the victory to open the doors for a money fight against IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin, WBC champion Jermall Charlo or Canelo Alvarez.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Jose Velasquez
Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo
Kali Reis vs. Jessica Camara
‘Boo Boo’ Andrade needs to impress
Demetrius, 33, will need to be a lot more aggressive tonight for him to get a chance to fight the bigger names like Golovkin, Charlo, and Canelo.
Thus far, those guys see no reason to fight Andrade, as he’s not popular enough for them to want to take a risk in facing him.
In other words, the southpaw Andrade is more trouble than he’s worth at the moment, and he’s starting to run out of time to prove himself worthy of fights against those talents.
“I don’t care what anybody says. I step into the ring and I win every single time. That’s what matters,” said Demetrius Andrade to Punsh Drunk Boxing. “Jason Quigley is a somebody. Canelo wanted to fight him at one point.
“He’s 19-1, so stop screaming like I’m fighting nobody when I’m trying to fight somebody. Yeah, the guys that I’m fighting, they’re not the most popular guys out there, who are the most popular guys out there are the guys that I continue to knock on the door and try to fight.
“Other than them, there’s nobody else. So we’re going to get in there with young, hungry guys that want to make a statement or are prospects or are journeymen that have another opportunity,” said Andrade.
Demetrius ready for Quigley
“I know the Irish are coming, but it’s my town. We’re going to give the people the experience they need and have a great time,” said Demetrius Andrade.
“I won’t know until I get in there,” said Andrade when asked what’s good about Quigley. “He fights this time, I fight that style, everybody is different. Once I get in there and see, I’m going to make those adjustments quickly and we’re going to get started.
“Of course, I want to hit people hard and start off fast. I’m fighting another human being with a will. I’m not just fighting somebody where it’s ‘out,’ you know?” said Andrade.
“So, we’re going to put him to the test early, wear him down and take him to the deep waters and sink him,” said Demetrius about Quigley. “That’s just the game plan overall all the time.”
Demetrius Andrade is in action tonight defending his WBO 160-lb strap against the highly motivated Jason Quigley in New Hampshire. The fight will be shown on DAZN live.
Ireland’s Quigley is seen as a big undercard in this fight, but you can’t count him out because he’s got power and we saw Andrade hurt by Liam Williams earlier this year.
Boxing 247 will be giving live updates below of the action in the main portion of the card tonight: