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Jason Quigley expects 'home' advantage as fans travel for Demetrius Andrade fight

Mirror logo Mirror 20/10/2021 Donagh Corby

Jason Quigley is expecting to have a 'home' advantage when fights Demetrius Andrade for the world middleweight title, despite the bout taking place a stone's throw from the American's hometown.

Quigley, from Donegal in Ireland, will challenge the unbeaten Andrade for his world title, and for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, fans from the UK and Ireland will be allowed to attend.

Tyson Fury, Conor McGregor and Billy Joe Saunders' home supporters weren't able to travel to their bouts in America due to a travel ban imposed by president Joe Biden, but that will be lifted by November 8, in time for his fight 11 days later.

And Quigley believes that "the whole of Donegal" will be jumping on the plane to America to watch him fight for the belt.

"I'm absolutely buzzing," Quigley said at a media day in Dublin. "I was trying to take things a day at a time and control my excitement.

Jason Quigley is on a quest for gold next month © David Becker/Getty Images Jason Quigley is on a quest for gold next month

"That's one thing I'm struggling to control at the moment is having all Irish over there, thank God the restrictions were lifted because I think all of Donegal had their flights booked and half the country as well.

"The Irish are going to be there, any time I'm chatting to anybody over that side of the water I'm hearing of busses coming up from New York so I can't wait to get into that atmosphere.

Andrade is one of the best fighters in the world at middleweight, and has struggled to find fights due to what Quigley says is a "high risk, low reward" proposition for bigger name fighters.

And that lack of big fights has meant that he isn't the household name in America that Quigley is on his side of the Atlantic.

"I believe that the Irish fans will outweigh his fans, 100 per cent," Quigley explained.

Quigley's team confirmed to Mirror Fighting a number of stories of fans making the trip, both expats in America as well as Irish travelling.

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"There are bars in New York where they've put a notice up that they're running a bus, and they've had to book two because of the demand," his publicist Chris McNulty added.

"I think it's going to be very much a home fight for Jason in Manchester, New Hampshire."

Despite the interest, Quigley will be a heavy underdog when he faces Andrade, who is a long-time rival of Canelo Alvarez.

The Irishman, who is trained by former world champion Andy Lee, defeated Shane Mosely Jr in his last outing, while Andrade faced Liam Williams.

The Mosley fight likely earned him a shot at the title, while his pull with fans is also probably an important factor as Andrade looks to continue to build his profile.

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing will promote the event, which will be shown on DAZN for fans in the UK and Ireland live from New Hampshire.


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