Reis: I Love Being So Close To Home, Fighting On Undercard Of My Childhood Friend Boo Boo Andrade


Kali Reis couldn’t ask for a more appropriate stage to move within one win of challenging for the undisputed crown.

The 13-year ring veteran from Providence, Rhode Island aims to make the second defense of her WBA junior welterweight title (and first of the IBO belt) while adding the WBO belt to her collection in a showdown with Toronto’s Jessica Camara (8-2, 0KOs). The scheduled ten-round bout serves as one of four title fights taking place this Friday, live on DAZN from SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The bout opens a telecast headlined by childhood friend and career stablemate Demetrius Andrade (30-0, 18KOs), who defends his WBO middleweight title versus Ireland’s Jason Quigley (19-1, 14KOs).

“I love being so close to home, fighting on the undercard of my longtime childhood friend, Boo Boo Andrade,” Reis told BoxingScene.com. “It means so much that we both get to defend our titles on the same show in front of our home fans.”

The fight takes place roughly two hours from Providence, with plenty of fans making the trip for the event. Andrade continues to pursue bigger and better opportunities, though so far proving to be a more difficult challenge than the ones he actually faces in the ring.

Reis is no stranger to hard luck over the course of her career, where she has fought as heavy as middleweight simply for the sake of remaining active and taking any available opportunity. It has led to some tough losses at the top level before moving back down in weight until she found her best fit.

It has come at her lightest weight division, where she now finds herself as part of a tournament designed to crown the first-ever undisputed junior welterweight champion in women’s boxing. Reis weighed a career-lightest 138 pounds for Friday’s title defense versus Camara, with the winner to next face WBC/IBF champ Chantelle Cameron.

The path to glory comes as Reis enjoys a career-best five-fight win streak since suffering a ten-round loss to then-unbeaten welterweight queen Cecilia Braekhus in May 2018. The bout served as the first-ever women’s boxing match to air on HBO, serving in chief support to then-unbeaten and unified middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin.

Her subsequent success has come in relative anonymity, though with the reward of back-to-back title wins. A shot at the hat trick comes this Friday, with a victory leading at a shot at making history.

“I’m just ready to do some work on Friday night and have fun doing it,” insists Reis. “Fighting is the fun part. You don’t work a day in your life if you have fun doing it. So that’s what I intend to do in front of all my fans on Friday, have some fun and handle my business.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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