Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley’s rise up the professional ranks was abruptly halted as he tasted defeat for the first time against Tureano Johnson.
At the close of the ninth round of the ten scheduled, Quigley’s trainer Dominic Ingle stopped the fight.
Quigley was rocked severely by a body shot in the ninth and had looked in bother before then.
Johnson claims the NABF title Quigley had held and is likely to get a world ranking out of this win.
Speaking to Chris McNulty, who was ringside in Fantasy Springs, Quigley said:
“I’m obviously very disappointed and I hurt a little bit in the heart, more than anything else,” Quigley said.
“It is a tough loss to come off but at the end of the day this is a sport, there is always going to be ups and downs and I have to take my hat off to Tureano Johnson last night, he put in a good performance, boxed really well, and was a truly deserving winner.
“There were many stages throughout the fight that if I didn’t want it, I could’ve got out of there, but I think everybody knows me, I’ve never taken the easy way out.
“I am not the type of person that would give up and at the end of the ninth round, Dominic Ingle asked me if I was okay to continue and I said I was.”
Listen to the full interview below…