Quigley now joint number one

Quigley now joint number one
Jason Quigley, despite his World Championship final defeat to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly from Kazakhstan, is up to number one in the World middleweight ranking.

Jason Quigley, despite his World Championship final defeat to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly from Kazakhstan, is up to number one in the World middleweight ranking.

The Finn Valley ABC boxer shares the top spot with Alimkhanuly, a move of six places in the ranking for both fighters. They entered the World Championship in joint seventh position.

While the Donegal man lost the final on an unanimous decision, his performances at the championships and especially on the back of his semi-final victory over Russian Artem Chelobarev in the semi-final, the 2010 European champion, one of the fights of the championships, saw him shoot up to the top spot.

Despite taking a standing account in the first round Quigley won all three rounds against the Russian to book his place in the final and a crack at World gold.

The Donegal man is generally believed to have had the tougher path to Saturday’s final. He defeated Vijender Singh, from India, 30-26, 30-26 and 28-28 in his opening bout. And he followed that up with 3-0 wins over Aston Brown, from Scotland - and Zoltan Harsca from Hungary. In the final he went down 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 to Alimkhanuly. The Kazakhstan boxer received a bye into the final after English champion Antony Fowler was forced to withdraw with a hand injury.