Demetrius Andrade retained his WBO middleweight crown with an impressive second-round win against an overmatched Jason Quigley. The Rhode Island fighter had promised an impressive display beforehand, and he delivered on his pre-fight prediction as he ran through the Irishman with routine ease.
Andrade got off to a great start as a well-timed right hook in the opening session dropped a stunned Quigley. The Irishman showed superb resilience to survive the round, but the end was just around the corner as Andrade showed similar menace in the following stanza.
In round two, a brutal left hand dropped Quigley again, and the shot carried so much force that Andrade climbed the ropes to celebrate prematurely. Quigley beat the count, but the onslaught continued, and the referee jumped in to prevent the outclassed challenger from taking any more punishment.
Andrade’s win keeps him at the business end of the 160lbs division, and he’ll immediately turn his focus to December’s clash between Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata. As well as monitoring developments there, Andrade will also continue to push for a fight with Jermall Charlo. After tonight’s performance, he may find fights even harder to come by.
“I did what I said, and I felt good,” said Andrade afterwards. “Who’s next? What’s next? Jaime Munguia needs to be fighting me. I want to get in with the best. Line them up. The fans need to demand these fights and ask for the best against the best.”
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