Ireland’s up-and- coming undefeated middleweight Jason “El Animal” Quigley (11-0, 9 KOs) took on Texas’ “King” James De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs).
Boxing fans were clearly in for a treat, as both fighters entered with something to prove inside the ring. Quigley was ready, landing the first shot to kick-start his dominance in the ring. De La Rosa was tough to withstand Quigley’s tough jabs to the body and face.
Round two saw “El Animal” utilizing his left arm, quick with his shots. De La Rosa landed various combinations, however, the bombs landed by Quigley startled De La Rosa. Towards the middle of the fight, both fighters moved their feet, using solid footwork and the entire ring as their stage. De La Rosa entered the fifth round throwing his shots to Quigley, but Quigley rapidly responded by taking control and disorienting James with his hits.
Round seven saw De La Rosa taking control of the fight, running after Quigley. By the end of the fight, both fighters grew tired, holding each other through various points of the fight. Nevertheless, Quigley took control of the last round and was handed a unanimous decision victory by the judges to maintain his undefeated status.
“I feel unbelievable!” said Jason Quigley. “This is the stage I wanted to headline. I hope to be back soon. I am willing, and of course, I’d love to fight Canelo someday.”
“I feel pretty good about the fight,” said James De La Rosa. “To be honest I’m not a judge so I can’t make that call. I came here to fight and fight hard. The decision, that’s on the judges.”by