Donegal Ireland’s Jason ͞”El Animal͟” Quigley 13-0 10KO’s remained unbeaten after a good back and forth
battle against Glen ͞Jersey Boy͟ Tapia 23-4 15KO’s.
Quigley came out fast and rocked Tapia early to send
a feeling down the crowds back that the fight may be ending early. Tapia wasn’t buying it and rallied to
rock Quigley and win in spots. Both fighters traded in the center of the ring as the crowd got rowdy to close the tenth.
On scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 Quigley picked up a victory over his most notable opponent to
date but not without leaving the feeling that the Irishman from Donegal may be moving a step or two too fast in his progression by promoter GoldenBoy.
“I’m taking this little bambino home with me, to my people in Donegal and celebrate with my loved ones,” said Quigley. “Then when I come back, I’m going to celebrate with my team. Everyone here has been on my team since my performance under the Canelo-Lara card, and this is a stepping stone to many more belts that are coming my way.”
For thirteen months Randy Caballero 24-0 14KO’s has been patiently waiting for tonight to happen.
After missing weight, then failing to renegotiate his contract, Caballero’s year couldn’t get worse until a stay busy fight scheduled to take place in Nicaragua fell out from under him a week out. Good news finally broke and promoter Golden Boy offered Caballero a new contract and scheduled him to fight in the coming months.
Fast forward to tonight, replacement opponent Jesus Ruiz 35-8-5 24KO’s came in with more bang on his
name than originally scheduled foe Victor Proa for having faced Leo Santa Cruz and giving prospect Diego De La Hoya all he could handle in Los Angeles last year.
Caballero and Ruiz went toe to toe for ten rounds, trading big shots with Caballero executing the better
craft. Ruiz would dig in and come forward during the foul filled competition but Caballero’s savvy and skill showed up enough to sway judges for a unanimous decision victory. On scores of 97-93 twice and 96-94 Caballero notched another win to grab the NABF Junior Featherweight title.
The win sets up a good scenario for Golden Boy at 122lbs now that former feather weight contender Ronny Rios has moved down, Caballero could have possible matches with Diego De La Hoya, or Rios that would be good ticket selling fights in California.
“͞This was the absolute best way to come back!͟ said Randy. ͞My goal is to become a world champion,
and Golden Boy knows that. With the new NABF title, and coming back with that performance, I’m on a high right now. My opponent was tough, but I stayed calm, and was able to come out on top.͟”
Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza 1-0 was sharp an accurate against Rachel Sazoff 0-3 en route to
a clean and undisputable 40-36 scorecard from all three judges.
The Houston native said ͞”This was such
a big stage, and fighting in front of a crowd like this for the first time was something special,͟ saidMarlen. ͞I’m glad we got the W, but I was honestly looking to knock her out. I’m glad that I got this fight
out of the way – I have a lot to grow in. She was a tough fighter, and she took a lot of my punches.͟”
Esparza didn’t get the knockout but her pro style of fighting looked polished in her debut, a hindrance amateurs frequently face when converting to the paid ranks. Sharp looks and a very watchable fight style will definitely keep Esparza in the televised rotation for GoldenBoy as they look to capitalize on her