Donegal boxer Jason Quigley chalked up another win in professional boxing in the early hours of Sunday morning on the American West coast.
The Ballybofey middleweight added to his growing reputation in World Boxing with a stunning first round stoppage win over Puerto Rican, Jorge Melendez.
This was the Ballybofey man’s 12th straight win since joining the pro ranks.
This latest win moves the Ballybofey fighter up into the top 12 in the World middleweight ranking.
The fight was in the Forum in Inglewood, California and was on the undercard of the big fight clash of Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith,Junior.
“It was a great night for Jason and his future career,” Peter O’Donnell, President of the Donegal Amateur Boxing, who was at ringside for the fight, speaking to the Democrat/People’s Press last night.
“This was a big step up in class and he dealt with it in devastating fashion.
“He was in great shape and just blew his opponent away.
“It was a great night and great atmosphere as Jason's support in USA just gets bigger and bigger and he has a great fan base here.
”He is now up to 12th in the World ranking and 2017 should be a great year for Jason.”
This was Jason’s first fight since last May and was a step up in class once again from his last bout with James De La Rosa. He defeated De La Rosa on points over ten rounds in May.
Melendez entered the ring with a 30 wins out of 37 fights record in his pro career and was seen as something of a knockout specialist. He won 28 of his previous fights inside the distance.
But it was the Donegal man who showed his class and had the Puerto Rican on the canvas in the opening round before the towel was thrown in from the Melendez corner.
The Donegal man, who weighed in for the fight at 159.5 lbs, looked sharp from the first bell and caught Melendez with an early big right to send him to the canvas after just 67 seconds.
Melendez rose to be met with a quick flurry of punches and he was down for a second time after one minutes and 44 seconds.
The Puerto Rican beat the count but was met with a straight shot to put him down on one knee.
He once again beat the count but with Quigley going in for the kill and with Melendez on the ropes and taking punishment his corner threw in the towel.
The fight, which was billed for ten three minute rounds, lasted two minutes and 24 seconds.
His next fight could be as early as the end of January next.