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Fourth win in a row for Jason Quigley

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Jason Quigley maintains unbeaten run in professional ranks
Jason Quigley maintains unbeaten run in professional ranks

Irish middleweight Jason Quigley has won his fourth professional bout in a row in Los Angeles.

The 2013 World amateur silver medallist took just over 90 seconds to dispose of his latest opponent, 27 year old Lanny Dardar at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The American who had won just two of his seven fights was no match for the 23 year old Donegal native.

He offered little resistance and took two standing counts before the referee intervened to stop the fight after one minute and 34 seconds of the opening round.

The win brings Quigley's record to 4-0-0 since turning professional last year but he would have preferred a stiffer test. .

“My strategy was to really take my time. That didn’t really happen because I landed a few shots and as soon as I landed them I saw they hurt him so I had to take him out as soon as I could,” said Quigley.

Meanwhile, Ballymena welterweight Steven Donnelly remains on course to qualify early for the Rio Olympics with a third win on the spin in the World Series of Boxing.

Boxing for the Polish based Rafako Hussars team Donnelly beat Puerto Rico’s Nicklaus Flaz on a unanimous decision (48-47; 50-45, 48-47) to maintain his one hundred percent record in the series.

Prior to last night's bout in Wyszków he was third in the welterweight rankings but the five points he earned for this victory will put in the mix to secure a spot on the Irish team in Rio.

Ironically, he is not even the current Irish Elite champion as London Olympian Adam Nolan retained his title last month.

Donnelly will have three more fights in the WSB this season against Argentina, Paddy Barnes’ and Michael Conlan’s Italia Thunder team and Venezuela. The top two ranked welterweights at the end of the WSB regular season in April will qualify for Rio 2016.

Irish coach Eddie Bolger was working Donnelly’s corner said afterwards: “It was tough, but a very good win. His opponent was very unorthodox, but Steven slugged it out well to get another fine win under his belt.'