Demetrius Andrade v Jason Quigley
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Matchroom Boxing captain Eddie Hearn is back stateside this weekend with an action-packed card from the SNHU Arena in New Hampshire. Top of the bill sees Murodjon Akhmadaliev take on Jose Velasquez with the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight world titles on the line. It's a stacked card with no fewer than seven world titles up for grabs across four bouts.
We bypass the main event and focus on an undercard bout with value in the betting as experienced WBO world middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade defends against promising Irishman Jason Quigley. The challenger from Ballybofey has his sights set on causing an upset and boasts a CV that suggests he's capable of realising his dreams.
Boo unbeaten in 30 fights
Current champion Andrade enters the latest defence of his hard-earned world championship belt with an eye-catching 30-0-0 record with 18 wins by knockout. The fighter from Providence, Rhode Island, won the belt three years ago with a comfortable points win over Walter Kautondokwa. Since that career-defining win, Andrade has made four successful defences with two wins inside the distance.
British fight fans will be familiar with the champion as his last two defences have come against opponents from the UK and Ireland. The 6ft southpaw took out Ireland's Luke Keeler in nine rounds in Miami before out-pointing Welshman Liam Williams in Hollywood. The Machine was dropped in round two and never looked like a threat to the American.
A 30-fight winning run, the home advantage and entering as champion explains why Boo is the hot favourite in the betting on the Betfair Exchange. Andrade is 1.091/11 to collect professional win number 31 of his career. A third KO/TKO in five is 1.422/5 from the method of victory market, while a second points win on the bounce is 2.111/10.
Quigley scored an upset last time
Quigley enters the biggest fight of his career with a 19-1-0 professional record, scoring 14 wins by knockout, but he has been stopped once himself. The 30-year-old Irishman debuted in 2014 with a first-round TKO and won his first eight without the help of the scoring judges. His only defeat came in the summer of 2019 when stopped in nine by Tureano Johnson for the NABF title.
Since that loss, Jason has fought three and won three, following back to back KOs with a stunning points win over Shane Mosley Jr last time. Despite entering that fight for the vacant WBO NABO title as the underdog, Quigley was in sensational form in Vegas to score a majority decision. That night, the scorecards read 95-95, 97-93, 96-94 and were reported as a fair outcome with the rightful winner given the nod.
Despite that win over a big-name opponent, Quigley once again finds himself written off by the betting. The challenger can be backed at a chunky 1312/1 to leave with the belt, and there's bigger in the method of victory.
Challenger will struggle
Quigley was impressive last time when beating Mosley Jr, but this is a huge step up in standard, and he's expected to struggle. Andrade is the champion and has worked hard to get to where he is today. Anything other than a convincing win over a challenger with 10 fewer fights experience would be a shock.
Andrade has scored stoppage wins over half of his last four opponents and dropped Williams on-route to a broad points win. His accurate southpaw skills, speed, and power should be enough to see him get to Quigley in the later rounds.