Jason Quigley [13(10)-0] was given the toughest fight of his career Thursday night, battling through adversity to defeat Glen Tapia.
The Donegal middleweight hurt his opponent numerous times in the opening rounds, but a second stanza injury to his right hand sapped the Irishman’s power and Quigley was forced to scrap his way through the remainder of the contest.
25 year old Quigley still managed to take the bout, and the NABF title, on a wide unanimous decision, using his boxing skill to potshot the New Jersey-native from the outset.
The Golden Boy starlet revealed the extent of his injury afterwards, explaining that he was almost brought to tears every time he threw the big right, and was unable to further hurt Tapia who rallied strongly in the middle rounds.
Showing the aftermath of the injury, Quigley’s manager, Rachel Charles of Sheer Sports, posted the following photo:
The former Elite amateur is not the only Irish middleweight to have suffered a right hand injury in recent times, with Luke Keeler suffering damage in his opening bout of Prizefighter middleweights, something which contributed to his semi final elimination at the gloves of Tom Doran.
It is hoped that Quigley – who will enter the WBC Top 15 following his title win, adding to his WBA #10 placement – will not be sidelined for too long.