“What goes around, comes around” for new Ulster Champ Fearghus Quinn


Nothing was going to stop Fearghus Quinn last weekend.

Runner-up at the last Ulster Seniors, the Armagh middleweight found himself in the final again at the Ulster Hall on Saturday.

Probably a slight underdog to two-time Irish Elite runner-up and former underage star Brett McGinty, Quinn wasn’t going to let things go to script again.

The Camlough fighter was relentless, outworking McGinty and putting in an absolutely enormous final round that had his Donegal-Derry opponent out on his feet to claim a much-deserved 4-1 decision.

While others would, the understated Quinn doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder and always kept belief throughout the disappointing defeats.

“I just put it behind me,” he explained to Irish-Boxing.com when asked whether his loss to Steven Donnelly last time acted as a motivator for him.

“Obviously I was disappointed as it was a close fight and it could have gone either way – similar to tonight’s fight.”

“You get them, you win some, you lose some. You can’t dwell on them, you have to pick yourself up.”

“There was a similar fight with Emmett Brennan in the semi finals of the 2017 Irish Elites, I knocked him down but he went on to win the championships.”

“But look, tonight I came out the right side. What goes around, comes around, I’m so happy to get over the winning line.”

The Belleeks 22-year-old never lost faith and described how “I believe in my ability and I knew it would come for me at some stage if I just kept putting in the work and thankfully tonight it went my way.”

Donnelly would send a classy message to Quinn’s club following Saturday nights fight saying “Congrats Fearghus and team, well deserved win. Big last round, dug in when it mattered. Good luck for the Irish Elites lads, hard work pays off.”

Similarly, Quinn paid tribute to McGinty, noting how “Brett is a quality operator and we always knew it was going to be a tough fight, I’m just glad to come out the right side of it.”

“The last round, the last 30 seconds, I just put it up, and I think that might have nicked it for me.”

“Brett was unlucky tonight but I’m sure we’ll meet again, maybe in the Irish Elites, and I’m sure it will be another good contest.”

Harbouring Tokyo ambitions, Quinn is working harder than ever and plans for his Ulster title win to be the first of many.

The Orchard County man outlined how “all the hard work over Christmas, I think it paid off.”

“Hopefully I’ll keep this going into the Irish Elites and we’ll see what I can do there.”

“No time for celebrations! I’m feeling in good shape, I’ll give it a good rattle.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]