Demetrius Andrade has several goals for his next title defence.
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 defence 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.
Andrade is 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.
“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.”