Irishman Jason Quigley was in action Stateside on Thursday night.
While he maintained his undefeated professional record, the 27-year-old was given a tricky time of it by Freddy Hernandez.
Quigley was expected to beat Hernandez handily, though the Mexican is a former IBA welterweight champion in his own right. Six losses in the 39-year-old’s last ten fights pitched against Quigley’s trajectory told the story of how the fight was likely to go.
In the end, the margin on victory on the judges’ scorecards was far too wide; Quigley won out 98-92 (x2) and 99-91 to go 15-0 and retain his NABF middleweight title, and as can be seen below in full via Golden Boy Promotions, the middle portion of the contest saw the Donegal man dragged into a dogfight, with the scores only telling half of the story.
Nonetheless, Quigley persevered in an experience that will prove as beneficial as his win over Glen Tapia last year.
Bigger nights lie ahead for him, and despite this bout not going to plan, it will serve the successful ex-amateur well when those occasions do arrive.