JASON QUIGLEY EXTENDED HIS record to 10-0 with an emphatic and swift demolition of Freddy Lopez in Indio tonight.
A first round KO proved a routine night’s work for the Ballybofey man.
Two ferocious, stinging right handers to the body of the Mexican downed him to the canvas, the second of them ending the contest.
Picture caption: Jason Quigley with members of his team after defeating Freddy Lopez in Indio. Picture courtesy of Golden Boy Promtions.
Referee Eddie Hernandez had counted Lopez after a clever plug from Quigley left the 30-year-old down, but not out.
Quigley soon put that to bed as a jab-hook combination to the liver had Lopez, a late replacement after original opponent Dante Moore had to pull out because of an injury, down again.
This time, it was done and dusted.
Knockout artist Lopez was gone and Quigley became the quickest man to finish him.
Quigley left nothing to chance in preparing for this one having sparred with the likes of Matthew Macklin and Jorge Sebastian Heiland. It was, he had mentioned, his ‘best ever training camp’.
It was hard to tell if it had the desired effect given how quickly the Golden Boy Promotions prospect sealed the win, but he has found the mojo again with his third first round win.
Quigley won all of his first eight professional bouts inside the distance before decisioning Marchristopher Adkins in November.
Quigley survived a cut to his left eye that night, sustained when he clashed heads with Adkins in the third round, but the points win, ultimately, was still a comfortable one after going the full four rounds.
While Lopez came to Indio with a decent (9-3) record, he’d only fought four times since 2009.
After inside-the-distance wins over Martin Rodriguez and Jose Luis Romero in March and May of last year, he was knocked out by Abraham Han in August and stopped by Artur Akavov in November, both in round 2.
Fantasy Springs is already a regular venue for Team Quigley. This was his fourth bout here having beaten Tolutomi Agunbiade, Joshua Snyder and Michael Faulk – all of them in round two.
Quigley knew all about durable, tough and robust Mexicans from his second fight on a professional canvas in August 2014.
Fernando Najera retired on the stool after three of the scheduled four rounds at The StubHub Center in Carson. A laceration of his left eye had Najera in trouble but his corner made the decision in spite of the protests of their boxer, who wanted to continue.
This was Quigley’s first scheduled eight-rounder, but it was evident from an early stage that the mismatch was destined to be another inside-the-distance win for the 24-year-old dubbed ‘El Animal’ Stateside.Tags: