Jason Quigley, who captured his first belt in professional boxing in California, last week, will have surgery on Friday in Los Angeles on the right hand he damaged in the second round of his unanimous points win over Glen Tapia.
Speaking from his adapted home in LA Quigley confirmed that the operation was scheduled for Friday.
According to a report on ESPN, doctors in Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles have described it as a one-in-10 million rare injury: a broken hand that detached and shredded a major tendon in his right wrist.
The force of Quigley’s punch and how it landed could be the reason this happened although with an injury such as this there are many explanations according to Quigley’s publicist Rachel Charles.
The 25 year old is expected to make a full recovery following the surgery but does face a period out of the ring.
The seriousness of the injury and the fact that it happened so early in a ten round contest makes Quigley’s resounding win on points over a very experienced opponent all the more astonishing.
Earlier in a tweet, the Ballybofey native took a philosophical attitude to the setback when he wrote:
“I suffered an injury to my hand on the second round of my fight on Thursday night. No excuses, this is boxing. There’s going to be broken bones and blood slipped, this is why we love this sport.
“We have to adapt and overcome. I will be back in the ring sooner than expected to continue my journey to the top. This is only a minor bump in the road,” the new North American Boxing Federation middleweight title holder declared.
Last year Quigley missed on a scheduled fight in Dallas in September with a sprained wrist but this latest injury is the most serious he has sustained since turning professional in 2014.