It was billed as such a step up in class that Jason Quigley might need a step ladder.
However, the Donegal middleweight registered an eleventh victoryt on the Canelo-Khan undercard at the newly-built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with ease.
Texas-based Mexian James De la Rosa [23(13)-3(1)] was on paper the toughest opponent Quigley had signed to face and is certainly a massive risk for any novice pro, but the Golden Boy puncher fought his way to a comfortable points win on Saturday night (Sunday morning Irish time).
De La Rosa certainly doesn’t have a padded record, and holds wins over plenty of strong fighters. His ledger contains victories over boxers with records such as 21-1-1, 22-2, 10-1, 12-1, 9-0, and 14-0-1, and was meant to test the Irish former amateur star.
Perhaps most impressively, 28 year old De la Rosa in 2014 became just the fifth man to defeat Alfredo Angulo. This comprehensive points win saw him join Canelo, James Kirkland, Kermit Cintron, and Erislandy Lara in triumphing Andy Lee’s 2004 Olympic foe.
However, the fighter, who was lined up as a comeback opponent for former IBF champ David Lemieux, but withdrew from the clash due to the Canadian missing weight, was no match for Quigley and the ‘El Animal’ recorded an eye catching shut out victory on the massive card.
Quigley registered a 100-90, 100-90, 100-90 to confirm himself as one of the hottest prospects in the division.