Sunday 21 April 2019

Jason Quigley moves closer to world title shot after dominant win in London

Jason Quigley. Photo: Sportsfile
Jason Quigley. Photo: Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley has chalked up the sixteenth professional win of his career after outclassing Finland's Mathias Eklund in London's Cooper Box Arena.

On his UK pro debut - his previous 15 fights took place in the United States - the 27-year-old won inside the distance for the twelfth time when he stopped the Finn in the second round. The Donegal fighter now moves to 16-0.

Elklund was stunned by a right hook from Quigley which landed flush on the side of his face in the second round and the Finn never recovered.

Initially he tried to hang on until the bell but his legs betrayed him and though Quigley didn't manage to land many more clean shots, there was no way back for the limited Eklund with the referee intervening to stop the fight.

Now based in Sheffield, Quigley will be hoping that this win injects some momentum into his career.

Given his unbeaten record and his pedigree – he is a former world amateur silver medallist – he ought to secure bigger fights in the months ahead as he pursues his ambition of landing a world title shot.

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