Jason Quigley (boxer)

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Jason Quigley
Statistics
Nickname(s)El Animal
Weight(s)Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
NationalityIrish
Born (1991-05-19) 19 May 1991 (age 27)
Stranorlar, Donegal, Ireland
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights15
Wins15
Wins by KO11
Losses0

Jason Quigley (born 19 May 1991) is an Irish professional boxer from Ballybofey, County Donegal. He has held the NABF middleweight title since March 2017. He is currently signed with Golden Boy Promotions.

Amateur career[edit]

Quigley had an extremely promising amateur career, which saw him rise to number one in both the AIBA European and World amateur rankings. His place in the Ireland team had seemed secured for the 2016 Summer Olympics, however he decided to turn professional instead.[1]

In 2009, Quigley participated in the European Youth Championships in Szezecin. He fought Joni Polishsuk of Finland, Catalin Paraschiveanu of Romania, Muratcan Buğra Oner of Turkey and Jaba Khocitashvili of Georgia, before defeating Emil Ahmadov of Azerbaijan 6-1 in the 69 kg final, to take home gold.[2]

Quigley won gold at the 2011 'Gee Bee' Multi-Nations tournament in Helsinki, Finland, defeating English fighter Anthony Ogogo 14-5 with an acclaimed performance in the final.[3]

Quigley boxed in the WSB for the 2011-2012 season. Organised by the AIBA, the competition was designed to offer professional boxing without competitors having to forfeit their amateur status. With twelve teams fighting across the competition, it was the LA Matadors who drafted Quigley. Quigley then lived and trained in Los Angeles where he met Russian fighter Vitali Bandarenka of Moscow Dynamo in his first bout. Quigley won the fight by unanimous decision with the judges scoring them 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47 after five rounds.[4] Quigley's second fight was against Australian, Troy Trevor O'Meley of Bankok Elephants. He won via second-round TKO, having led 10-8, 10-7, 10-8 at the end of the first.[5]

In May 2012, Quigley competed at the 'Algirdas Socikas' Multi-Nations tournament in Kaunas, Lithuania. He overcame Estonian fighter Artjom Fjodorov, 16-6, and Lithuanian fighter Mantas Balciauskas, 11-3, before taking gold against Denmark's Matouk Belai with another dominant 18-5 win in the final.[6] Quigley won his next gold at the 2012 European U23 Championships, in Kaliningrad, Russia. He met Germany's Dennis Radovan in the final, winning by a 17-11 decision at Kaliningrad’s Sports Palace. Quigley defeated Russian southpaw Maksim Timofeev and Moldova's Victor Carapchevschii in the previous rounds.[7]

In March 2013, Quigley took gold at the Ústí nad Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. He beat Czech native Vit Kral by a score of 20-6 in his first fight, before defeating Chinese fighter Zhou Yunfei 14-7. In the final, he met Serbia's Aleksandar Drenovak for another 14-6 victory.[8]

In June, he won gold again in the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Minsk. Quigley beat world number one Evhen Khytrov, before defeating Bogdan Juratoni in the middleweight final. The Romanian had previously been a bronze medalist in the tournament.[9][10]

Quigley's final amateur medal came in October, when he claimed silver at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Almaty. In the semi-finals, Quigley took all three rounds in a victory over Russian boxer Artem Chebotarev. In the other semi-final, Englishman Anthony Fowler was forced to give his opponent a walkover after suffering a hand injury in the lead up to the fight. As a result, Quigley met the much fresher Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in the following day's final.[11] The local Kazakh fighter took gold with a narrow win, in what was Quigley's first loss in an 18-month run of 33 fights.[12][13]

World Series of Boxing record[edit]

2 Wins (1 Knockout), 0 Losses, 0 Draws
Result Record Team Opponent (Team) Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 2-0 LA Matadors Australia Troy Trevor O'Meley (Bangkok Elephants) TKO 2 (5) 2011-12-21 United States The Music Box, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Win 1-0 LA Matadors Russia Vitali Bandarenka (Moscow Dynamo) UD 5 (5) 2011-12-04 United States The Music Box, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States WSB debut.

Professional career[edit]

In April 2014, it was announced that Quigley was turning professional and had signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles.[14] After signing, Golden Boy founder and president, Oscar De La Hoya said "Jason Quigley is part of the next generation of European boxers who are about to make their mark on the international stage". He went on to say "It also doesn’t hurt that he has the great nation of Ireland behind him, and I know they will support him wherever he goes."[15]

Quigley made his professional debut on 12 July 2014 as a middleweight, against Howard Reece at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight featured on the undercard of Canelo vs Lara, and Quigley won the bout via TKO, just 82 seconds into the first round. "I’m absolutely buzzing", Quigley said afterwards. "I’m delighted to be on a show like this and to win is unbelievable".[16]

Quigley's second professional win came against Fernando Najera, with Najera's corner ending it in the third round.[17]

On 30 October 2014, Quigley continued his unbeaten start to professional boxing. Fighting in Plymouth, Massachusetts, an area rich with Irish support, Quigley fought Greg McCoy. The fight did not make it out of the first round, with a Quigley left hook, right straight combination sending McCoy to the canvas just 2 minutes and 39 seconds into the bout.[18][19]

“Quigley has what it takes to be a champion – that’s why we signed him”

- Oscar De La Hoya, speaking before the Lanny Dardar fight.[20]

Quigley's first fight of 2015 came as part of Golden Boy's "LA Fight Club", this time held at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. Quigley's opponent was Lanny Dardar in the final fight of the night, and in yet another completely one sided contest, the American received two standing eight counts before an inevitable stoppage just 93 seconds into the first round.[21]

Just two weeks later, Quigley was back in the ring again, this time facing Tolutomi Agunbiade at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The fight was another dominant performance from Quigley, with the referee stepping in 1 minute and 43 seconds into the second round, when it became obvious that Agunbiade was no longer capable of defending himself.[22] On 30 April, Quigley returned to the Fantasy Springs Resort to face Joshua Snyder. 44 seconds into round 2, Quigley caught him with a vicious left hook, and followed it up with another big right to confirm the KO over Snyder who was already spiraling towards the canvas.[23]

His next fight was against Mississippi based, Tom Howard. Quigley fought him on 11 July 2015, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The American had won 8 of his 11 professional fights, and had never been KO'd in his career. Despite this, Quigley picked up where he had left off against Joshua Snyder, outclassing his opponent from the first bell. Howard had to pick himself off the canvas twice during the fight, before the referee eventually stepped in and put an end to it in the second round.[24]

As he returned to the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the third time, Quigley fought Michael Faulk, his first southpaw opponent in pro boxing. In a night where The Ring TV commentators dubbed him "El Animal", Quigley continued his perfect record, scoring another emphatic second-round knockout. After a less eventful opening round in which Quigley used his jab and straight right to good effect, Faulk was sent to the canvas three times in the second. Faulk's threw the towel in.[25][26]

“I just feel he's one of our top prospects, if not our top one”

- Eric Gomez, Senior Vice President (Golden Boy).[27]

Quigley was taken the distance for the first time in his pro career, when he faced Marchristopher Adkins at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The American, unbeaten since his first professional bout, was on a six fight win streak in which he became the first fighter to defeat Shane Mosley Jr. Quigley took the four-rounder via Unanimous Decision.[28]

In February 2016, Golden Boy V.P. Eric Perez confirmed that Quigley would be returning to the ring in late March on another card at Fantasy Springs. Perez stated "he'll fight there and then after that we'll bring him back, possibly on the Canelo card." Canelo is booked to defend his titles against England's Amir Khan, at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.[27]On 26 March, Quigley took on Freddy Lopez, who stepped in as a late replacement for Dante Moore. The fight was another quick finish for Quigley, with him targeting the body from the bell and scoring a knockdown in the first minute. Lopez stood back to his feet only for Quigley to continue the onslaught to his body. It wasn't long before Lopez was down again, giving Quigley another first-round knockout. The victory brought Quigley's record to 10-0, with 9 knockouts.[29]

On 7 May, in just his 11th pro fight, Quigley took a major step up in class on the undercard of Saúl Álvarez vs. Amir Khan. Quigley faced the then 23-3 James de la Rosa of Mexico, who came in with two camps worth of preparation, having previously been scheduled to face David Lemieux in March.[30] With Lemieux missing the contracted weight, their fight was scrapped and de la Rosa was instead booked to face Quigley in the Irishman's first 10-round fight. Despite Quigley previously going no further than 4 rounds, he passed his test with flying colors, using quick footwork, precise power punching, and disciplined boxing to hurt and outbox De la Rosa for a dominant and one-sided unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the fight 100-90.[31]

On 17 December 2016, Quigley fought on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins last fight against Joe Smith Jr.. Quigley faced hard-punching Puerto Rican Jorge Melendez (30-7, 28 KO's). Melendez came out fast but Quigley was able to counter him and Melendez was dropped 3 times in the first round before his corner threw in the towel.

Quigley vs. Tapia[edit]

On 23 March, Golden Boy had its first televised card on ESPN following their multi-year deal with the network. The main event featured Quigley taking on Glen Tapia, in what was Quigley's first time ever headlining a nationally televised boxing card. Quigley rocked Tapia badly with a right hand to the chin in the first round, and again with a right hand to the body in the second, but at some point in the second round, Quigley broke his right hand on a shot to the top of Tapia's head, which resulted in a torn tendon.[32][33] From this point forward, Quigley could not be as effective with his right hand punches, and it became a fight of attrition. Quigley went back to boxing on the back foot and his superior technical skills earned him another wide unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90).

Professional boxing record[edit]

15 Wins (11 Knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 15-0 Mexico Freddy Hernandez UD 10 2018-10-18 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA, United States
Win 14-0 Puerto Rico Daniel Cruz KO 6 (8) 2018-03-31 United States Marina Bay SportsPlex, Quincy, MA, United States
Win 13-0 United States Glen Tapia UD 10 2017-03-23 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA, United States Won NABF middleweight title.
Win 12-0 Puerto Rico Jorge Melendez TKO 1 (10) 2016-12-17 United States The Forum, Inglewood, CA, United States
Win 11-0 Mexico James de la Rosa UD 10 2016-05-07 United States T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Win 10-0 Mexico Freddy Lopez KO 1 (8) 2016-03-25 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA, United States
Win 9-0 United States Marchristopher Adkins UD 4 2015-11-20 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Win 8-0 United States Michael Faulk KO 2 (6) 2015-08-08 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA, United States
Win 7-0 United States Tom Howard KO 2 (6) 2015-07-11 United States Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Win 6-0 United States Joshua Snyder TKO 2 (4) 2015-04-30 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA, United States
Win 5-0 United States Tolutomi Agunbiade KO 2 (6) 2015-03-20 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA, United States
Win 4-0 United States Lanny Dardar KO 1 (4) 2015-03-06 United States Belasco Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Win 3-0 United States Greg McCoy KO 1 (4) 2014-10-30 United States Memorial Hall, Plymouth, MA, United States
Win 2-0 Mexico Fernando Najera TKO 3 (4) 2014-08-16 United States StubHub Center, Carson, CA, United States
Win 1-0 United States Howard Reece TKO 1 (6) 2014-07-12 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, United States Professional debut.

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "It's gold for Quigley at U23 championships". The Score. 18 December 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Gold for Jason Quigley in Czech Grand Prix – Silver for Sean McComb". Sports News Ireland. 17 March 2013.
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  10. ^ "Gold for John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley in Belarus, Paddy Barnes and Mick Conlan claim silver medals". RTÉ. 8 June 2013.
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  32. ^ http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=1-19031379
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