Boxing Championship arrives at SNHU Arena
MANCHESTER, NH – On Friday night, SNHU Arena hosted four boxing bouts for the title.
In the first title fight of the night, Jessica “The Cobra” Camara sought to dethrone defending WBA and IBO welterweight champion Kali “KO Mequinonoag” Reis.
The two fighters had frequent contact throughout the bout, with Camara suffering from what appeared to be a cut to his nose at first. In Round 8, the number of hits hitting Reis seemed to have an impact, as the champion was starting to look tired compared to Camara, but neither of the fighters managed to land a winning hit.
Camara was sent to her corner to clean up the blood with just over a minute to go in the last round and Reis returned to action looking to force the issue, but neither of the fighters managed to fall. .
Ultimately it was up to the judges, with Reis landing 97 punches to Camara’s 93 on two of the judges’ three cards, retaining his titles, although the crowd reaction seemed to side with Camara after the announcement.
Reis (19-7-1, 5 KOs) also won the vacant WBO Women’s Welterweight Title and secured the right to challenge Chantelle Cameron (15-0, 8 KOs) at a later date for the WBC, IBF and The Ring female welterweight titles after Cameron unified those titles in a fight against Mary McGee (27-4-0-1, 15 KOs) in an October 30 fight in London, England.
Camara is now 8-3-0 on his career, awaiting his first professional knockout.
In the second title fight, Olympic bantamweight bronze medalist Murodjon Akhmadaliev put his WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight titles against Chile’s Jose Velasquez.
The Uzbek champion forced his opponent to the ropes early and maintained his momentum for most of the contest even though he couldn’t find a final punch to send the challenger to the canvas for good, although Velasquez fell to the ground twice briefly in lap 10 Velazquez saw his best lap in the 7th, but even there the two were tied.
Velasquez did a pair of half flips after the 12e and final tower as well as a series of pumps, if only to prove that the champion couldn’t force him alone, but the three judges gave Akmadaliev a 119-109 advantage.
Akhmadaliev is now 10-0-0 on his professional career with 7 KOs while Velasquez falls to 29-7-2 with 19 KOs.
In the third title contest, the WBC Flyweight Championship was on the line between Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez and Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo.
Arroyo (12-4-0, 16 KOs) won the interim championship in February after Martinez (18-1-0, 14 KOs) was unable to defend his title multiple times due to injuries, but Martinez did reminded everyone who the official champion was. is early in the game, sending Arroyo to the mat in the first and second rounds. The second round left Arroyo with a bloody gash above his right eye that wouldn’t heal enough in time to start the third round.
This notch came from what was determined to be an involuntary header, leaving the game without a decision.
The evening ended with the main event, as challenger Jason Quigley spoke against WBO world middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade.
Quigley has successfully defended his title four times after winning it in a bout against Namibian Walter Kautondokwa in 2018 at TD Garden in Boston.
Native of Ballbofey, Ireland; Quigley won the WBO-NABO middleweight title with a mixed decision in May against “Sugar” Shane Mosley Jr.
Both men started the fight hesitantly until Andrade saw an opening with just over a minute to go in the first round and Boo Boo briefly sent the Irishman to the mat.
Quigley tried to hold Andrade back in the second round, but sent him back to the mat two minutes after the start of the round and a third time just 30 seconds later, winning a technical knockout.
The loss was only the second in Quigley’s professional career against 19 wins, including 14 by knockout.
Andrade remains undefeated as a professional with 31 wins, 19 of which were knocked out.
In the first contest of the night, light heavyweights Khalil “Big Steppa” Coe and Aaron Casper fought to a draw.
It was the second professional fight for Coe (1-0-1), who beat Nathaniel Tadd by technical knockout on his debut in May.
Casper (6-4-2) also shot his last fight in February and is set to face an yet-to-be determined opponent in Augusta, Ga. On February 5.
Like Coe, cruiserweights Mark “Money” Malone and Thomas O’Toole entered the ring for the second professional fights of their careers in the second fight of the evening.
O’Toole, originally from Galway, Ireland knocked out Malone in the first round. He is now 2-0-0 in his young career, following a knockout of Francisco Ariri Neto in September. Malone is 1-1-0, having a unanimous decision over Austin Dalworth in July.
Two cruiserweights were then up as Nelson Perez, a Massachusetts native, weighing 140 pounds, dominated Mexican Raymundo Rios.
Perez (5-0-0, 2 KOs) took Rios (3-8-2, 3 KOs) to the mat in the first and second rounds, and did not see the last four rounds of the competition originally scheduled to be eight rounds . , instead obtaining a unanimous decision after the fourth round.
It was the second fight on American soil for Rios, who hasn’t scored a knockout since June 2019.
Perez is now 3-0 in the past calendar year after a unanimous decision in Framingham, Mass. against Ryan Venable (2-7-0, 0 KOs) in October and a fight this summer in Derry by disqualification against DeWayne Wisdom 7- 59-2, 3 KOs)
In the last fight before the four title fights, Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean faced Don Haynesworth, from New Rochelle, NY.
Prior to the fight, Haynesworth was holding 50 pounds off the reigning WBO Asia-Pacific title holder and neither fighters could force the issue early on, with Haynesworth spending much of the fight with a defensive approach. McKean pushed Haynesworth to the edge just before the end of round four but couldn’t finish the big man before the bell. At the start of the fifth round, the Australian came back swinging and referee Kevin Holt stopped the fight after 27 seconds in the sixth round.
McKean made the most of his first performance in America with the TKO, climbing to 20-0-0 over the course of his career, with 12 of those wins by knockout. Haynesworth finished the contest 16-8-1 with 14 of his 16 KO wins.