Jason Quigley, Donegal’s boxing champion got his professional boxing career of to dream start with a first round knockout in his first fight.
The Twin Towns man, a former Irish middle-weight champion and World silver medallist, saw his fight with American Howard Reece stopped after just 82 seconds at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The fight was on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez and Erislany Lara, bout.
“I’m absolutely buzzing,” said a beaming Quigley afterwards, who is a member of the world renowned Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions stable.
“I’m delighted to be on a show like this and to win is unbelievable.”
Fighting out of the blue corner Jason opened with a barrage of punches that rattled Reece and he was on the canvas inside 45 seconds of the scheduled four round bout. The America, who is 26 and had only two professional fights before facing to the Donegal man, recovered but it was only temporarily as Jason unleased another barrage and the referee called a halt to the fight on 82 seconds.
Jason’s dad, Conor, was in his corner and his mum, Muriel, was in the packed arena as he began his professional career.
His sisters Holli and Jade and lifelong family friend Peter O’Donnell, President of the Donegal boxing board, were also in the MGM for the fight.
Jason signed a five year contract with Golden Boy and has his sights firmly fixed on a world middle-weight title. He certainly got his professional career of to the best possible start and greatly impressed the large crowd in the MGM who were seeing him in action for the first time.
The manner of his opening win and the way he set about it is bound to have impressed Golden Boy boss and former World Champion De La Hoya.
De La Hoya said of Jason in the build up to yesterday’s fight: “There is a fighter you really want to watch in his progression. He is explosive, fast and experienced. We are extremely excited to be showcasing a decorated amateur in his professional debut in Jason Quigley”.
Yesterday morning’s fight is the first of a number of bouts that De La Hoya has planned for Jason in the coming months as he slowly introduces him to professional boxing. Hopefully, he is on the way to a crack at a world title in the not so distant future. There are no details available on Jason’s next bout, but it is expected inside the next two months.