WITH ONE SHARP swing of his right hand, Jason Quigley had Freddy Lopez wincing.
With a second, similarly devastating hurl of his right paw, Quigley left Lopez seeing stars.
Quigley took only 121 seconds of a scheduled eight-round fight on Friday night to record the tenth win of his professional career.
Those deadly body shots to Lopez put paid to any hopes of the Mexican taking Quigley the distance.
“It was an easy night at the office,” Quigley said.
It was his first scheduled eight-rounder, but Quigley was in no mood to hang around.
He said: “One shot can completely change a fight. That’s what happened. The body shot went well. The plan was to work the body to tire him out at the end of the fight. I landed them on the spot.
“The guy came in with a decent record: 12 fights, nine wins and seven of them by knockout.
“It was a decent record so I had to be focussed and on the ball. I had to wear him out, bring his hands down and move up to the head later in the fight.”
After he dropped Lopez the first time, he smelt blood.
Quigley waited for his moment and it arrived almost instantly as another around-the-corner right sent Lopez down a second time. Referee Eddie Hernandez was in with the ten count and Quigley was on his way to 10-0.
The Ballybofey man said: “I caught him with a lovely body shot. There was no reaction for a few seconds and then he just quenched up.
“Those are killer shots and that’s when you know you’ve hurt a man…you can see the face scrunch up.
“It was: ‘Right, I can take this boy out here now’. I’ve learned from my previous fights and I know not just to go at it like a terrier. That’s dangerous. You have to be careful because the wounded tiger can be the most dangerous.
“If you hurt him early, run in with the hands down and going for the knockout, you can get caught yourself. It’s all about focus. That’s what I was most happy with. I stayed relaxed when I did drop him and didn’t try to get him out of there as quickly as possible.”
Quigley’s corner men, coach Manny Robles along with Edgar Jasso and Courage Tshabalala, have their man in prime condition.
Quigley has rarely had prepation as good as he did over the last two months.
He said: “I did a lot of work in Ireland for this fight with my uncle Billy and my father (Conor).
“I did a load of work with Shaun Foley and Patsy McGonagle at Finn Valley. The camp was very well put together. It worked perfectly.
“As soon as I got back to LA, I got to work trying to pace out the eight round fights.
“I was never as confident in my professional career as I was for this one.”Tags: