Jason Quigley’s pro-debut on European soil couldn’t have gone much better for him as he made the difference between him and Mathias Eklund felt.
London’s Copper Box Arena played host to the now 16-0 fighter’s first fight outside of the US since turning professional.
From the get-go, there was a noticeable gulf in class between the two and when the finish came, it took just under two rounds for him to get it.
👌 COMFORTABLE! @jay_quigley eases to victory in the 2nd round at the Copper Box. He's now keen to have more fights in the UK & Ireland! 🇬🇧🇮🇪
📺 Watch all the action LIVE on Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm! pic.twitter.com/tVCQ2UgM9W
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) March 23, 2019
Ranked #5 in the WBC rankings and at #9 in the WBA, Quigley is within touching distance of some of the biggest names in the sport and now, seems to understand that the pieces are coming together perfectly for him both inside and outside of the ring.
Speaking to us here at Pundit Arena just prior to last night’s win, he explained his position in the stacked middleweight picture.
“As Eddie Hearn said to me at the press conference, he said I’m in the mix right now with Golden Boy, Matchroom, DAZN. You mention those three businesses and you have the likes of Canelo [Alvarez], Danny Jacobs, Triple G, Demetrius Andrade.
“Four of the top middleweights out there and you have me sitting there at #5 in the world under the WBC.
“These lads are all on the horizons and it’s just about me staying focused and continuing to keep climbing that ladder, keep on their heels and try to take their straps in the future.”
This win no doubt puts the Donegal man in a fantastic position for the rest of 2019 and in a division as heavily-bolstered as middleweight right now, he has done himself justice with a win as good as this.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena