By: Jerome Souza (@FirstClassBox)
On the inaugural Golden Boy Promotions ESPN card from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Glen Tapia (23-4, 15 KOs) of New Jersey, went the distance with undefeated Irishman Jason Quigley (13-0, 10) for the NABF Middleweight Championship. After being stopped in either the 3rd or 4th round in his last three defeats, many thought Tapia would succumb to a fourth consecutive knockout at the hands of Donegal’s Quigley. Tapia proved many wrong by going all 12 rounds in giving Quigley the toughest test of his young career.
Quigley last fought in December on the Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. undercard knocking out Jorge Melendez in the first round. Quigley was going for the knockout early in the fight against Tapia but when Tapia didn’t go down in Round 3, Quigley seemed to ease up, take some hard shots from Tapia, and box his way to a unanimous decision. Quigley later revealed that he broke his right hand early in the fight which caused him to fight more tactically.
Tapia, on the other hand, kept coming forward walking through punches and trying to bring Quigley into a slugfest. Though Tapia came up short in the end, he showed there was a more boxing left in his career. “I’m definitely going to keep going, I’m just waiting for Golden Boy and once they let me know what’s going on I’ll be back in the ring”, Tapia told FirstClassBoxing.com after the fight.
Being out of the ring almost 11 months, Tapia was feeling the signs of ring rust as well, “I was kind of slow, I didn’t know why but I felt really slow”. But will and experience kept Tapia in the fight with only a punchers chance at the end. “I knew I got that type of heart, even as an amateur”.
The 27-year old Passaic, NJ product also knows he has some work to do when he goes back to the gym. When asked if there’s anything he would have done different against Quigley, “be faster, move my head way more, throw my jab a lot more, throw the combinations”. This does not appear to be the last time we will see Tapia and I believe that taking three consecutive KO’s and then going the distance with Quigley was a victory in itself. With Golden Boy Promotions expanding their footprint promoting several televised cards this year, hopefully Tapia will get another chance sooner than later. “I just have to turn my doubters into fans”.by