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Demetrius Andrade can no longer appear to entice a marquee opponent — or anybody remotely stop to that level — into the ring with him. And when he does fight these fringe contenders, the bouts in most cases closing the distance despite the glaring disparity in capability.
That has been the case in plenty of of Andrade’s most up-to-date fights despite early knockdowns. Nonetheless on Friday night in Manchester, Novel Hampshire, Andrade did now not appropriate tumble Jason Quigley in the outlet spherical; this time, he finished his opponent in style befitting the gap in capability level.
Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) scored one knockdown in Spherical 1 and two more in the next spherical en route to a second-spherical stoppage to retain his middleweight title. After the third knockdown of the fight, mostly the consequences of looping overhand rights, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waved the bout off with out a depend.
With one more huge underdog out of the technique, Andrade, 33, will over again demand essentially the most animated fights and hope that somebody — anybody — stop to his level will rep the reveal.
“I did what I stated I’d enact; I regarded correct and felt correct,” stated Andrade, ESPN’s No. 3 middleweight. “I delivered a message tonight — what’s next and who’s next?
“Every time I gain in the ring, I enact one thing varied, and I will enact all of it, and no matter I need. … You requested for KOs and I offer you KOs, so let’s bound.”
Quigley (19-2, 14 KOs) landed appropriate 9 punches in the bout and used to be clearly out of his depth. A 30-yr-dilapidated from Eire, Quigley struggled to defeat Shane Mosley Jr. in his closing day time out, and when Andrade did now not land a meaningful bout, Quigley bought the name.
Andrade, a southpaw, can box and switch with essentially the most animated of them, however the aggressiveness he showed in opposition to his overmatched foe Friday night can simplest help in his quest to land an elusive marquee fight.
Basically the most glaring fights for him are unifications with Jermall Charlo or Gennady Golovkin. To this level, neither boxer has confirmed any passion in boxing Andrade.
“I’m 31-0, Olympian and world champion, so what more enact I must enact?” Andrade requested.
The answer is now not if truth be told determined.
Martinez-Arroyo bout ends in no-contest
Julio Cesar Martinez, ESPN’s No. 1 flyweight, traded first-spherical knockdowns with McWilliams Arroyo in a single of 2021’s most thrilling rounds, however the bout did now not elevate a winner.
A carve over Arroyo’s left note used to be deemed the consequences of a clash of heads, and earlier than Spherical 3 might well perchance originate up, the fight used to be stopped and known as a no-contest.
Martinez (18-1, 14 KOs) additionally dropped Arroyo in Spherical 2, and Arroyo used to be in anxiousness earlier than he advised the ringside doctor he couldn’t stare.
Martinez, a 26-yr-dilapidated Mexican, retained his 112-pound title.
Akhmadaliev dominates to retain 122-pound titles
Murodjon Akhmadaliev, ESPN’s No. 1 boxer at 122 kilos, retained his unified championship with a unanimous-decision victory over Jose Velasquez.
All three judges scored the bout 119-109.
Akhmadaliev, a 27-yr-dilapidated from Uzbekistan, used to be slated to satisfy Ronny Rios earlier than the contender gotten smaller COVID-19. Velasquez (29-7-2, 19KOs), a 32-yr-dilapidated Chilean, permitted the fight on brief seek for and pushed the motion, however he wasn’t on the champion’s level.
Next weekend, Stephen Fulton and Brandon Figueroa will unify 122-pound titles in a Showtime most critical occasion. A fight between the winner and Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) would crown an undisputed junior featherweight champion.
Reis edges Camara, adds second title
Kali Reis, ESPN’s No. 2 feminine boxer at 140 kilos, picked up a second title with a split-decision possess over Jessica Camara in an motion-packed bout.
One judge scored the fight 96-94 for Camara, however the two other judges had it 97-93 in prefer of Reis.
Reis (19-7-1, 5 KOs) has obtained six consecutive fights since a title-bout loss to Cecilia Braekhus in 2018.
Camara (8-3, 0 KOs) has lost two of her previous three bouts.