Demetrius Andrade vows to leave a lasting impression in his latest regional headliner.
The unbeaten two-division titlist is set for the fifth defense of his WBO middleweight belt as he faces Ireland’s Jason Quigley. Both boxers made weight for the scheduled 12-round main event, which airs live on DAZN from SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Providence’s Andrade (30-0, 18KOs) came in right at the 160-pound middleweight limit for a fight taking place roughly two hours from his hometown. Quigley (19-1, 14KOs)—who hails from Ballybofey, Ireland but who fights largely out of the U.S.—weighed 159.8 pounds for his first shot at a major title.
Andrade—who represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics—is running with the tagline of the division’s most avoided fighter. He and promoter Eddie Hearn have spent his current reign calling out all of the top players, from Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez during his stay to reigning titlists Gennadiy Golovkin (41-1-1, 36KOs) and Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22KOs), to no avail.
The fight is his third in the New England area over his past six starts. Andrade began his title run with a 12-round shutout of Walter Kautondokwa to win the WBO middleweight belt October 2018 in Boston. Andrade returned three months later in a 12th round stoppage of Artur Akavov in New York City before heading home to Providence, where he shut out Maciej Sulecki over twelve rounds in front of a sold-out crowd at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.
Wins over Luke Keeler and most recently versus Liam Williams in April have followed while continuing to pursue title unification bouts.
Quigley is not without his support, even on the road. The 30-year-old middleweight has been embraced by the region’s heavily Irish and Irish-American population, particularly in Boston which is less than an hour away. Quigley felt the love at Thursday’s weigh-in and is ready to make it count on Friday. A three-fight win streak accompanies Quigley’s first title fight. The opportunity comes six months his most significant win to date, a ten-round majority decision win over Shane Mosley Jr. this past May in Las Vegas.
The chief support features the oft-postponed title consolidation clash between Julio Cesar Martinez (18-1, 14KOs; 1NC) and McWilliams Arroyo (21-4, 16KOs). Both boxers finally made it to the scale, each making weight for their anticipated showdown.
Mexico City’s Martinez weighed 111.4 pounds for what will be the fourth defense of the WBC flyweight title he has held since a ninth-round stoppage of Cristofer Rosales in December 2019. Arroyo—a 2008 Olympian and current interim titlist from Fajardo, Puerto Rico—weighed 111.6 pounds for his third shot at a major title.
The bout was originally scheduled for last August, only for Martinez to have to withdraw from the bout that was due to headline Matchroom Boxing’s first U.S. card since the pandemic.
Efforts to reschedule the fight for this past February extended all the way through fight week this past February in Miami Gardens, Florida. The fight fell apart just prior to the weigh-in, when Martinez was once again forced to withdraw due to a hand injury deemed too severe to move forward with the fight. Arroyo remained on the show, outpointing late replacement Abraham Rodriguez in an approved WBC interim title fight with the assurance of next facing Martinez.
Friday’s bout sees Arroyo aim for his first major title, having previously come up short in bids versus then-unbeaten flyweight titlist Amnat Ruenroeng—in a questionable points loss in September 2014—and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in April 2015.
Injuries and illnesses have slowed Martinez’s progress, though he manages to enter his fourth attempted title defense. In his most recent start, the compact puncher registered a sixth-round stoppage of Joel Cordova this past June in Guadalajara, atop the first event of a planned series presented by Matchroom Boxing and Canelo Promotions.
Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0. 7KOs) makes the second defense of his WBA “Super”/IBF junior featherweight titles versus late replacement Jose Velasquez (29-6-2, 19KOs). Both boxers weighed 121.8 pounds.
Uzbekistan’s Akhmadakliev (9-0, 7KOs) weighed pounds.
The fight marks the first back in the U.S. for Akhmadaliev since winning the belts in a thrilling 12-round split decision over Danny Roman last January in Miami Gardens. His first title defense came more than 14 months later, overpowering former titlist Ryosuke Iwasa in a fifth-round stoppage this past April 3 in in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Chile’s Velasquez enters as a late replacement for WBA mandatory challenger Ronny Rios (Covid).
Opening the four title-fight telecast, Jessica Camara and Kali Reis collide in a unified junior welterweight title bout which also serves as the semifinal leg of a four-woman Matchroom Boxing-inspired tournament to crown an undisputed champion.
Providence’s own Reis (18-7-1, 5KOs) weighed 138 pounds in search of the second defense of her WBA title, along with the first defense of the IBO belt. Toronto’s Camara (8-2, 0KOs) weighed 139 pounds ahead of her first career title fight, coming on the heels of an upset win over former featherweight titlist Heather Hardy this past May in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
In addition to Reis’ WBA/IBO belts, the vacant WBO junior welterweight title is also on the line. The winner will move on to face Chantelle Cameron (15-0, 8KOs), who recently outpointed Mary McGee to unify the WBC and IBF titles in their October 30 thriller in London.
Below are the weights for the rest of the undercard.
Demsey McKean (19-0, 12KOs), Ipswitch, Australia, 243 pounds vs. Don Haynesworth (16-7-1, 14KOs), New Rochelle, New York, 293.6 pounds—8 rds, heavyweight
Nelson Perez (4-0), 140 pounds vs. Raymundo Rios (3-7-2), 139.6 pounds—6 rds, junior welterweight
Thomas O’Toole (1-0, 1KO), Galway, Ireland, 186.8 pounds vs. Mark Malone (1-0, 0KOs), Longview, Texas 198.6 pounds—4 rds, cruiserweight
Khalil Coe (1-0), Jersey City, 175.8 pounds vs. Aaron Casper (6-4-1, 5KOs), Augusta, Georgia, 174.8 pounds—4 rds, light heavyweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox