Donegal has a new sporting hero and new national boxing champion following Finn Valley ABC’s Jason Quigley’s triumph at the National Elite Senior Boxing Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday.
Quigley, the reigning European U-23 champion, defeated the highly fancied Roy Sheahan from St Michael’s in Athy, 15-6, to capture the National Elite Senior Middle-Weight title in convincing fashion.
It was the 21-year-old’s third final having lost the last two to Olympian Darren O’Neill. But the Twin Towns man made no mistake on this occasion with an assured performance that saw him control the fight from the first bell to the last.
Quigley, who eliminated the reigning champion O’Neill at the quarter-final stage, certainly had to reach the top the hard way with four bouts over the last three weekends.
“It’s a brilliant feeling be champion especially given the route to the final and the lads I have beaten along the way. I have really proved to myself and proved to everybody how good I really am. I have beaten the best and I’m the only boxer that had to win four fights to win the championship,” said Jason.
“I’m really delighted for myself and my father and where I have come from such a young age to be a National Senior Champion and really I can’t find the words to describe how I feel.”
Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Donegal’s other boxer in last night’s finals, William McLaughlin from Illies Golden Glove BC. Former champion McLaughlin lost to Olympian Adam Nolan, Bray BC, in the welter-weight final.
In what was the final of the night, McLaughlin, who gave away early ground to Nolan, stormed back into the contest in the third round before losing 23-12.
Nolan who claimed his second National Welterweight crown was named boxer of the tournament afterwards on a night that Olympic Gold medal winner Katie Taylor returned to the ring for her first fight since last summer’s Olympic Games.
The finals also marked the retirement of Beijing Olympic silver medallist and 10-time National Light-heavyweight Champion Kenneth Egan, following his third successive final defeat to 19-year-old Joe Ward, Moate BC.