Middleweight prospect Jason Quigley is ready to step further up the boxing ladder after successfully negotiating a step up in class in Las Vegas last weekend.
Quigley over came tricky and tough Texan Marchristopher Adkins 40-36, 40-36, 39-37 in the hardest test of his career in the Hard Rock Casino and hopes more progression bouts await.
The undefeated Golden Boy middleweight plans a big 2016 and is ready to move up in terms of opponents, levels, and rounds when he returns Stateside after a Christmas break at home in Ballybofey.
“I will be going into 2016 taking it one time at a time, but 2016 is going to be a big year for me and a progression. My next fight will an eight round fight and to be honest I am looking forward to it,” Quigley explained to Highland Radio.
Quigley has impressed immensely since turning over with Oscar De La Hoya and co in late 2014. The Donegal World silver medal winner knocked out his first eight opponents before Adkins took him the distance on Friday.
Quigley admits he would have liked the KO streak to continue, but takes positives from being brought rounds.
Going the full four and doing so with a cut for over four minutes was all part of the learning curve the 23 year old has travel before reaching the top.
“The step up was definitely what I wanted. I am at the stage of my career where it was the right time for me to step up and it was ideal. Every fighter wants to keep the knock out run going but if your realistic you are not going to have that your whole career,” Quigley added.
“It was great experience and a good learning curve against a durable tricky opponent. I felt very comfortable throughout the fight we knew he was going to be tricky. he doesn’t engage much and he likes to dictate the pace from the off. I had a game plan of putting smart pressure on him and throwing him out of that rhythm. Everything went to plan apart from the cut in the third round, but those things happen in the sport we are in.”