Oct. 4, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Ireland’s Jason Quigley will get a long-awaited world title shot in the US next month.
The Donegal boxer will face off against WBO World Middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade as part of a jam-packed fight card at the SNHU Arena in New Hampshire on Nov. 19.
Quigley’s bout will headline the event with three other world title fights also on the billing. The card will be shown live around the world on DAZN.
It is a huge opportunity for the World Amateur silver medalist whose world title ambitions took a major blow in July 2019 when he suffered a shock defeat to Bahemnian Tureano Johnson – his sole loss as a pro.
The Ballybofey man (19-1, 14 KOs) has since notched three wins on the bounce and he called out Andrade after his victory against Shane Mosley Jr. in Las Vegas last May.
There has been plenty of back and forth between the two on social media but Quigley has finally secured his shot at a world strap.
“I’ve worked my whole career to get into this position of becoming world champion,” Quigley said Monday.
“Demetrius is a great champion but now it’s my time and that World title is coming back to Ireland.”
Tickets are expected to go on sale this week and the SNHU Arena can hold nearly 12,000 spectators at full capacity.
Andrade (30-0 18 KOs) puts his crown on the line for the fifth time since winning the strap in 2018 and said he respects Quigley’s eagerness to trade leather with him.
“Jason Quigley, world rated, good amateur pedigree, decent skills, comes to fight and hats off to him, he’s actually willing to step in the ring with me – which you can’t say for any of these other so-called top guys,” Andrade said.
“On November 19 though I show him that there are levels to this game.”
Andrade said his goal will be to keep extend his winning streak.
“Just keep winning, that’s all I can do. Go in there, handle my business, do my job, look sensational, come out healthy and then it’s onto the next.
The Rhode Island star will be looking for a statement win as he hunts unification blockbusters with his fellow belt holders at 160 pounds.
He has made it clear that he also wants a big-money fight with unified super-middleweight (168 pounds) champion Canelo Alvarez.
“If you have a belt at 160 or 168 lbs, let’s go,” Andrade said.
“Put the politics aside, have your people call Eddie. Let’s get down to business.
“[Jermell] Charlo, stop running your mouth, making up excuse after excuse. You’re a fighter, let’s fight bro.
“GGG [Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin], where you at? Unify against Murata and then let’s put the three belts on the line next year.
“Canelo you going to run up to 175? Cool, I can meet you there, no problem.
“First things first though, I need to go out on November 19, defend my championship belt, and put on a spectacular performance, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.”
The three other World title fights in support of Quigley’s bout are led by Murodjon Akhmadaliev defending his IBF and WBA World Super Bantamweight titles against Ronny Rios.
Julio Cesar Martinez faces McWilliams Arroyo for the WBC flyweight title while Kali Reis takes on Jessica Camara for the WBA, IBO and vacant WBO straps.