Joe Ward and Jason Quigley into World Championship semis
Donegal middleweight records impressive unanimous victory over Zoltan Harsca, Moate man stops Russian in first round
For some years Quigley had been watching Darren O’Neill win the Irish title and take the middleweight vest. This year for the first time he punched through and moved from being a European youth champion into senior, a decision like no other that reinforces the apprentice days are over.
For some boxers the step-up takes adjustment. But within a matter of months Quigley was the European champion, beating Romania’s Bogdan Juratoni in the June final in Minsk this year.
Day of celebration
Yesterday was another step in the same direction for the ever-rising middleweight in what was a day of celebration in Donegal and one of calamity for the older Harcsa Zoltan after a unanimous decision for the Irishman.
It’s all new road for the 22-year-old and as the months fly by he gives the impression that they are never going to overtake him. Along with his busy style that endears him to the judges, Quigley showed poise against Harsca, something required when he meets Russia’s Artem Chebotarev next.
In the second round a swinging right came across and Harcsa was on the canvas. It wasn’t as cold a knock down as Barnes the previous day but Quigley’s reaction was curiously mature. He didn’t dive in and try to finish him off put kept up a relentless tempo that continued to overwhelm.
“I didn’t panic. I didn’t rush in to take him out. You have to be careful and smart and I think that’s what I was in there today,” he said.
“Now it’s the first time it’s hit me that I’ve won a medal at the World Championships,” he said shortly after winning.
“It’s a dream come true of mine. A year or two ago I’d been watching Darren O’Neil and the likes of the boys. Khytrov, the guy I beat in the Europeans (semi-final), you know I’d seen them here and I’m saying jeez look at those boys fighting in the World Championships, that’s what I want to do. Now I’m here and I’m medalling here.”