Ireland’s Jason Quigley gained exposure and experience Thursday night in Golden Boy Promotions’ debut ESPN2 card, but Quigley’s expectations took a hit during the middleweight fight.
Instead of beating up veteran Glen Tapia, who came to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio diminished by back-to-back technical-knockout losses, Quigley hurt his right hand during a second-round punch.
He also showed defensive flaws and his energy drained late before he posted a unanimous-decision victory that seemed far closer than the judges’ 100-90, 99-91, 98-92 scorecards.
“This is exactly what I needed,” Quigley said. “I rocked him with a couple punches, but then [after the injury], I couldn’t really throw and I went back to my boxing style.”
Quigley (13-0), with a chance to expand his audience and capture the NABF belt while facing the veteran, backed Tapia up with a flush punch to the head in the first round and hard shot to the belly in the second, which sent Tapia (23-4) reeling to the ropes.
Tapia forced the action in response and exposed significant defensive holes by Quigley with clean punches during the next two rounds.
In the eighth, Quigley was cut and bruised under the left eye, but was unable to sustain pressure in the final two rounds as Tapia threw the heavier blows.