Andrade stops Quigley in 2nd to retain WBO middleweight title

Demetrius Andrade stopped Jason Quigley of Ireland in the second round on Friday night to retain his World Boxing Organization middleweight title at Southern New Hampshire University Arena.

Andrade, 33, from Providence, Rhode Island, improved to 31-0 with his 15th KO, dropping Quigley (19-2, 14 KOs) three times.

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

In the last minute of the first lap, Andrade knocked down Quigley with a left hand to the body and a right to the top of the head.

“I prepared a good shot,” said Andrade. “I just slowed down and tried not to be so anxious.”

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

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

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

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

Martinez (16-1, 1 no contest 14 KOs) retained his title. Both fighters flipped in the first round. In the second, after the opening of the cut, Martinez dropped Arroyo (21-4, 1 without competition, 14 KOs) 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 fell 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 over Jessica Camara of Montreal.

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