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Injured Jason Quigley receives recovery setback

Jason Quigley‘s return to the ring will not take place until a little later than expected.

The Donegal middleweight last fought in March when he won the NABF title with a win over Glenn Tapia in California.

The points victory was notable for the fact that Quigley fought for much of the bout with a severely damaged right hand.

It later emerged that Quigley [13(10)-0] suffered what doctors described as a “one in ten million” injury which required surgery to repair.

‘El Animal’ had broken a bone in his hand, which then resulted in a detachment of a tendon which was subsequently shredded to pieces.

While surgery went perfectly, Quigley has revealed that he will not be back in the ring as soon as he had hoped.

A fight on the Katie Taylor Dublin homecoming card in November, which seems to be now off the table, had been mooted for the Ulsterman, as had a slot on the Burnett-Zhakiyanov undercard in Belfast on October 21st – however this will be too soon for Quigley whose hand will need longer than expected to heal.

The Ballybofey boxer is yet to resume punching with the hand, and was in California recently for a check-up that revealed his broken bone is healing slowly.

Giving an update to his fans, Quigley described how “the good news is that the ruptured tendon – the 1 in 10 million injury – is healing perfectly!”

“But the doctor said due to the severity of the break the bone is taking a little longer than expected to heal which means I’m back into a cast for a couple of weeks to help speed that process along.”

“Obviously now I’ll not be back in the ring as soon as I would have hoped but I’m still working and grinding hard, keeping my eye on my goals and as soon as I have the all clear I’ll be back in action, doing what I love doing, working my way to the top.”

While a definite comeback date for Quigley is still to be confirmed, it is believed that the Golden Boy puncher will not be back in the ring until the start of 2018.

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