Demetrius Andrade made good on his pre-fight promise to come with a fighting style that would surprise his opponent and everyone who chose to tune in for his latest ring adventure.
The unbeaten two-division and reigning WBO middleweight titlist made quick work of Ireland’s Jason Quigley, scoring three knockdowns en route to a second round knockout. Quigley was down in round one and twice in round two, the last of which produced the stoppage at 2:21 of round two Friday evening from SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Neither fighter seemed willing to take the lead, with the opening minute featuring a lot of pawing before Andrade fired off a brief flurry. Quigley dodged most of the incoming, responding seconds later with a straight right hand to the body.
Andrade was clipped by a right hand midway through the round, proving to be just the wakeup call he needed. The defending titlist followed up with a right to the temple that sent Quigley to the canvas with roughly one minute to go in the round. Quigley beat the count, though now forced to ride out the early storm that was expected—and has become characteristic—of Andrade who is known to start strong only to coast late.
Quigley was back on the canvas in round two, though fortunate to avoid a second knockdown called as referee Arthur Mercante Jr. ruled the sequence a slip. Andrade would floor the Irishman for reel, with Quigley forced to a knee in the back half of the round.
The fight was permitted to continue, though Andrade was eager to send the crowd home early. An ensuing flurry by the Providence-bred southpaw had Quigley (19-2, 14KOs) cornered and down for a third time, this time prompting an immediate stoppage.
Andrade improves to 31-0 (19KOs) with the win, lodging the fifth successful defense of the WBO middleweight title he has now held for more than three years. Friday’s outing produced a passionate turnout similar to his June 2019 win over Maciej Sulecki in his Providence hometown. A healthy portion of Irish faithful were on hand to support Quigley, though Andrade not lacking in support on the night or in the New England region in general.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox