Andrade Stops Quigley In 2Nd To Keep Wbo Middleweight Title

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Demetrius Andrade stopped Jason Quigley of Ireland in the second round Friday night to retain his World Boxing Organization middleweight title at Southern New Hampshire University Arena.

The 33-year-old Andrade, from Providence, Rhode Island, improved to 31-0 with his 15th knockout, dropping Quigley (19-2, 14 knockouts) three times.

In the second round, Andrade sent Quigley to the canvas with a left to the temple. After Quigley got up Andrade swarmed over him and dropped him in a corner with a right hand to the top of the head. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:24 of the second round.

In the final minute of the first round, Andrade floored Quigley with a left hand to the body and a right to the top of the head.

“I set up a nice shot” Andrade said. “I just slowed down and tried not to be so anxious.”

Andrade successfully defended the WBO middleweight title he won in October of 2018 for the fifth time. In his last defense, he won a unanimous decision against Liam Williams on April 17. All five defenses were against European fighters.

Andrade is now turning his attention to other top middleweights such as World Boxing Council champion Jermal Charlo, as well as undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez

“We’ll do whatever makes sense,” he said. “I’m with (promoter) Matchroom Boxing. They can sit down and make a deal.”

The co-main event between World Boxing Council flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez of Mexico and McWilliams Arroyo was a no-decision after two rounds due to a cut along Arroyo’s left eye that he sustained due to an accidental head butt.

Martinez (16-1, 1 no contest 14 knockouts) retained his title. Both fighters knocked each other down in the first round. In the second, after the cut opened, Martinez dropped Arroyo (21-4, 1 no contest, 14 knockouts) in the second.

World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan retained his titles with a 12-round unanimous decision over Jose Velasquez of Chile. All three judges scored it 119-109. Akhmadaliev improved to 10-0, and Velasquez dropped to 29-7-2.

Kali Reis of Providence, Rhode Island retained her WBO, WBA and International Boxing Organization super lightweight titles with a 10-round split decision against Jessica Camara of Montreal.