Andrade On Quigley: “I Am Going To Make A Statement!”

Demetrius Andrade is looking to make an example of Jason Quigley

Demetrius Andrade is looking to make an example of Jason Quigley

For WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (30-0, 18 KO’s), his professional career as of late has been something of a frustrating Groundhogs Day. The talented undefeated, former Olympian and two-division champion is aching for the bigger fights. With opponents like WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez lingering about, there are worthy foes available. The trouble is, none of the marquee fighters are willing to take the risk in the ring versus Boo Boo.

As a result, Andrade has been forced to tangle with hard-fighting but outclassed adversaries. This has left his resume littered with little-recognized names like Luke Keeler, Maciej Sulecki, Artur Akavov and Walter Kautondokwa. Fighters like Canelo love to say they don’t want to fight him because Andrade has names like this on his ledger. Yet, in Alvarez’s case, he will neglect to tell you that he could have been undisputed at super welterweight and middleweight had he only fought and beat Andrade. This is why many find it so curious that the redhead was so gung-ho about becoming undisputed at super middleweight and not the previous two weight divisions.


Stranded in the frustrating limbo that he finds himself in, Boo Boo will next face Jason “El Animal” Quigley (19-1, 14 KO’s) on November 19 in Manchester, England. As is his personality, Andrade remained respectful and professional at one of the final presser events to plug the upcoming showdown. Even with his reserved demeanor, it’s clear that the Rhode Island native is reaching his boiling point. Unfortunately for Quigley, Boo Boo has every intention of venting his frustration in the ring!

“I give Jason Quigley the most respect for stepping up to the plate and taking on this challenge, and at the end of the day let the best man win. Unfortunately it’s me, unfortunate on Quigley’s part. But listen, at the end of the day, we are going to go in there and put on a show. We are going to perform at our best and we’re going to let people know that the middleweight division is one of the best divisions out there.”

“Today is about me and Quigley dancing and getting it on and may the best man win and it’s going to be a performance and I am going to make a statement! And I continue to make statements every single time. All I keep doing is winning. So that’s what we’re going to go do, we’re going to go in there and dance.”


On the outside looking in, this appears to be a tall order for Quigley, ranked #10 (WBO), to win. In his last bout, on May 29, the Irish pugilist just narrowly bested Shane Mosley Jr by way of majority decision. Given his trials and tribulations in that dustup, it’s hard to believe that his skillset has dramatically improved since that time. While stranger things have happened, the smart money would be placed on Andrade making the statement he intends to.

By: Bakari Simpson

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