Jason Quigley is off and running at the IABA World Championships in Kazakhstan with a first round victory over Indian Vijender Singh to advance in the middleweight division.
The 22-year-old sustained a head cut in the 30-26, 30-26, 28-28 against Singh, who was a bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and a former Asian champion. Singh was in action in the competition for the second time following his victory over Hampus Henriksson, while Ballybofey native Quigley - the current European champion - is in action in the worlds for a first time this morning.
The bout was stopped briefly for a spell in the first round as medics examined Quigley, who is the fifth seed. However, the Finn Valley Boxing Club member came through.
“Brilliant,” said Quigley immediately after the bout. “I knew getting in there today that I was in with a Beijing Olympian. “I knew that I was up against it. I got in there, got the rust off myself.
“As everybody knows, I’m an active boxer and I never take anyone for granted. I went in and gave it a rattle. Every fight is a final.”
The win sends Quigley into a last 16, where he faces Scotland’s Aston Brown on Monday.