Demetrius Andrade finishes Jason Quigley in Round 2 to retain the middleweight title

Demetrius Andrade apparently can not lure a marquee opponent – or anyone close to that level – into the ring with him. And when he fights these fringe challengers, the fights often last the distance despite the obvious difference in talent.

This has been the case in several of Andrade’s recent matches despite early knockdowns. But Friday night in Manchester, New Hampshire, Andrade not just dropped Jason Quigley in the opening round; this time he finished his opponent in fashion that suits the difference in skill level.

Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) scored a knockdown in round 1 and two more in the following round en route to a stop in the second round to retain his middleweight title. After the match’s third knockdown, mostly the result of overtime rights, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waved. the fight of without count.

With yet another massive underdog out of the way, Andrade, 33, will once again be calling for the best matches and hoping that someone – anyone – near his level will take up the challenge.

“I did what I said I wanted to do; I looked good and felt good,” said Andrade, ESPN’s No. 3 middleweight. “I delivered a message tonight – what’s next and who’s next?

“Every time I get in the ring, I do something different and I can do it all and whatever I need … You asked for KOs and I give you KOs, so let’s go.”

Quigley (19-2, 14 KOs) landed only nine strokes in the match and was clearly out of his depth. A 30-year-old from Ireland, Quigley fought to defeat Shane Mosley Jr. in his last outing, and when Andrade failed to land a meaningful fight, Quigley got the call.

Andrade, a South Paw, can box and move with the best of them, but the aggression he showed against his overmatched enemy on Friday night can only help in his quest to land an intangible marker fight.

The most obvious matches for him are associations with Jermall Charlo or Gennady Golovkin. So far, none of the boxers have shown any interest in boxing Andrade.

“I’m 31-0, Olympic and world champion, so what else should I do?” asked Andrade.

The answer is not clear.

Martinez-Arroyo match ends in no-contest

Julio Cesar Martinez, ESPN’s No. 1 flyweight, traded knockdowns in the first round with McWilliam’s Arroyo in one of 2021’s most exciting rounds, but the match did not deliver a winner.

A cut over Arroyo’s left eye was considered to be the result of a head-on collision, and before round 3 could begin, the match was stopped and called a no-contest.

Martinez (18-1, 14 KOs) also dropped Arroyo in round 2 and Arroyo was in trouble before telling the doctor on the ringside that he could not see.

Martinez, a 26-year-old Mexican, retained his 112-pound title.

Akhmadaliev dominates to retain titles at 122 pounds

Murodjon Akhmadaliev, ESPN’s No. 1 boxer at 122 pounds, retained his United championship with a unanimous victory over Jose Velasquez.

All three referees scored the match 119-109.

Akhmadaliev, a 27-year-old from Uzbekistan, was scheduled to meet Ronny Rios before the competitor got COVID-19. Velasquez (29-7-2, 19KOs), a 32-year-old Chilean, accepted the match at short notice and pressed on, but he was not at the champion’s level.

Next weekend, Stephen Fulton and Brandon Figueroa will unite 122-pound titles in a Showtime main event. A match between the winner and Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) would crown an undisputed junior featherweight champion.

Reis edges Camara, adds another title

Kali Reis, ESPN’s No. 2 female boxer at 140 pounds, took another title with a split-decision victory over Jessica Camara in an action-packed fight.

One referee scored the match 96-94 for Camara, but the other two referees had it 97-93 in favor of Reis.

Reis (19-7-1, 5 KOs) has won six games in a row since a loss of title fight to Cecilia Braekhus in 2018.

Camara (8-3, 0 KOs) has lost two of its last three matches.

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