Quigley wins gold in Czech Republic

Quigley wins gold in Czech Republic
Donegal’s National Elite boxing champion Jason Quigley added more to his trophy cabinet at the weekend when he won gold at a major tournament in the Cezch Republic.

Donegal’s National Elite boxing champion Jason Quigley added more to his trophy cabinet at the weekend when he won gold at a major tournament in the Cezch Republic.

The Finn Valley boxer, winner of a first National Middleweight title last month, was the outright winner at Usti nad Labem Grand Prix, in the Czech Republic on Saturday afternoon.

Jason defeated Alexsandr Drenovak, from the Czech Republic, who reached the last 16 at the London Olympics, 14-6 in Saturday’s final. Earlier he had defeated Vit Kral, from the Czech Republic and Zhou Yunfi, from China, to qualify for Saturday’s final.

He beat Vit Kral, 20-6 in the first round on Wednesday night and followed that win up with a 14-7 victory over Zhou Yunfei, in Friday’s semi-final.

“Jason boxed incredibly well and he had a fantastic win,” Irish team manager Paul McMahon said afterwards.

The Donegal man was Ireland’s only gold medal winner at the tournament with Sean McComb having to be happy with a silver medal and Ross Hickey and Tommy McCarthy happy with bronze medals. Hickey was forced to withdraw from his semi-final with a hand injury.

Olympic bronze medal winners Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon, who were also part of the Irish team at the tournament, were both beaten in the earlier rounds of the competition.