In his last two fights, Jason Quigley’s level of opposition has risen considerably, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the way in which the Donegal middleweight has continued to take care of business.
Back in May, Quigley took on 23-3 James De La Rosa in Las Vegas. The Mexican was a major step up from his previous opponent, a journeyman type who had arrived sporting a record of 9-3, but Quigley handled him with ease. The world amateur silver medallist may have failed to stop De La Rosa, but he won every single one of the ten rounds on all three judges scorecards.
On Saturday night, Quigley was nestled on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins’ retirement fight at the Forum in Inglewood California. His opponent was an even more experienced operator than De La Rosa, although his record suggested greater vulnerability. It also suggested greater danger, however.
Jorge Melendez came into the bout with a record of 30-7-1 having stopped some 28 of his victims inside the distance.
Quigley did not seem in any way perturbed or fearful as he bounded straight out into the centre of the ring, though. He immediately began to let his hands go, not in a rushed or haphazard manner, but in a controlled, purposeful and confident one.
With just over a minute gone, a Quigley right-hand put Melendez on the floor for the first time and things would only get worse for the Puerto Rican from there. A crunching cavalcade of shots from the Irishman dropped him for a second time just thirty seconds or so later. Melendez rose once again, but another right soon had him on one knee. Bravely he continued on but Quigley was all over him against the ropes when Melendez’s corner chose to wave the white towel and bring an end to the slaughter.
It was an extremely impressive showing from the 25-year-old prospect who moved to 12-0 as a professional, scoring his tenth win via stoppage.
You can watch the full fight below…