Demetrius Andrade has several goals in play for his next title defense.
High among the list—perhaps only a notch below winning—is further eliminating excuses as to why his divisional peers won’t look his way.
“I’m excited to get back in the ring and let these hands fly,” Andrade told BoxingScene.com of his upcoming WBO middleweight title defense versus Ireland’s Jason Quigley. ““Every fight is important to show that I’m the best middleweight in the world.”
The fight takes place this Friday live on DAZN atop a four title-fight show from SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, roughly two hours from Andrade’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. Andrade (30-0, 18KOs) will make the fifth defense of the title he claimed more than three years ago, though so far is no closer towards reaching his goal of becoming undisputed champion.
The variety of excuses as to why that’s the case have ranged from Andrade not being entertaining enough to just not bringing enough to the table. Andrade changed the perception of lacking a fan base when he was presented with a hometown title defense, beating Poland’s Maciej Sulecki in front of more than 8,000 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. Eddie Hearn, Andrade’s promoter informed BoxingScene.com that upwards of 6,000 are expected for Friday’s show, with the presiding commission proclaiming the event to be the biggest ever to hit New Hampshire.
That takes Andrade back to turning in memorable performances, which admittedly is not always the case. The unbeaten two-division titlist—who also represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics—traditionally starts strong in fights but tends to coast once he no longer feels challenged. A similarly explosive start accompanied Andrade’s last start, a twelve-round unanimous decision win over Wales’ Liam Williams though in his toughest middleweight title fight to date.
The upcoming matchup with Quigley figures to make for a crowd-pleasing affair. Andrade vows to do his part to make sure everyone goes home happy—and that his middleweight peers feel compelled look his way in 2022.
“Styles make fights. Jason Quigley matches up well with me,” insists Andrade. “The style that I have planned for him is going to surprise people. This is the night that I promise I will surprise everyone, including Jason Quigley.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox