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Quigley makes light work of Melendez

Thursday, 29 December 2016

BALLYBOFEY fighter Jason Quigley can enjoy his Christmas break now as he finished Jorge Meledez inside the first round of the Bernard Hopkins-Joe Smith Jr under-card last Saturday night.

The 25-year old brought his professional record to 12-0 after the straightforward win over the Puerto Rican at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

The middleweight fighter got to work early on by landing several powerful punches before a powerful right hook knocked Meledez to the canvas for the first time.

Melendez was floored again soon after and his corner finally threw in the towel at 2.24 in the first stanza. Melendez had entered the ring with a decent 30-7-1 record, 28 of them via knockout, and had halted the march of a couple of prospects too. Ultimately was no match for the Donegal man who made very short work of the ten-round bout Quigley, who fights out of Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions in LA. His father, Conor, was back in his corner here alongside Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso.

Quigley was backed by a huge support in The Forum, including a gang who made their way down from The Irishman Bar in Huntington Beach, as well as a loyal band who travelled out from Donegal.

It was certainly a northwards step for Quigley, who was in the ring for the first time since a unanmious decision win over James De La Rosa at the T-Mobile Arena in Last Vegas in May, and the manner of this win will have caught the eye of more than Melendez.

The 225 days since that fight, the first occasion on which he saw the tenth round bell, have fuelled Quigley's desire and hunger to keep moving up the ladder.

His longest wait for a fight since making the transition from amateur to professional has made for a frustrating seven months of toil at the Rock Gym in Carson.

A planned bout in Texas in September on the undercard of the Canelo-Smith World title fight was pulled after Quigley sprained a wrist whilst sparring.

Quigley had won nine of his previous eleven contests inside the distance, with only De La Rosa and Marchristopher Adkins lasting the duration; Adkins having gone four rounds before losing 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.

Quigley was signed by Oscar De La Hoya in April 2014 after a standout year in the amateurs in 2013.

His debut year as a pro saw three swift wins before he lit the fuse in 2015, claiming a perfect six-out-of-six and now 2016 has ended in the most perfect of fashions.

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