Stunning comeback KO win for Jason Quigley | Ray Moylette defeats Doherty in grudge match


Jason Quigley [14(11)-0] returned with a gorgeous KO last night in Quincy.

Following a year and a week out with a major hand injury, Quigley made his return in the co-headline bout of a Golden Boy on ESPN card at the Marina Bay SportPlex in the Boston suburb.

Facing Daniel Rosario, Quigley became the first man to stop the Puerto Rican, chopping him down with bodyshots in the sixth round.

The fight was the Donegal middleweight’s first under the tutelage of Sheffield trainer Dominic Ingle having left Manny Robles and ‘The Rock Gym’ in California late last year.

Perhaps looking to exploit this new relationship, Rosario tore into Quigley in the opening round. The Ballybofey man, however, weathered the storm and should have had a knockdown ruled in the second when a counter right dropped Rosario – but the referee ruled it a slip.

The Caribbean boxer succeeded in making it a scrappy bout with plenty of fouling but Quigley was able to find his range in the sixth, obliterating Rosario to the body.

Both left hooks, both perfectly placed on the liver, Quigley twice sent Rosario down painfully. The away fighter, somehow, rose the first time, but the second knockdown saw the bout waved immediately.

The comeback win sees Quigley move to 14(11)-0, while Rosario drops to 11(10)-4(1)

Following Quigley and Mark DeLuca’s main event win over Ramses Agaton, Ray Moylette took to the ring in his six-round swing-bout versus Irish-American rival Matt Doherty.

Fights going the distance meant that the Mayo lightweight did not get TV time – with the main card being shown live on ESPN2 and eir Sport 1 – and Moylette’s fight went to the scorecards itself.

Following a tetchy build-up, it was Salem’s Doherty who began the stronger, putting pressure on the Islandeady man from the off

Moylette began to find his range in the third and built in momentum from there, almost getting Doherty – who came forward the entire bout – out of their in the final round.

Going to the cards, Moylette was given the nod on scorlines of 58-56 and 59-55 (twice) and he moves to 9(3)-0 following the career-best win, while the game Doherty drops to 8(4)-4(0)-1.

While there was no love lost before and during the fight, the pair embraced in a show of respect afterward.

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Joe O'Neill

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