It was a mixed day at AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships in Almaty with Jason Quigley winning and Joe Ward losing
AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships semi-finals
Jason Quigley beats Artem Chebotarev
Joe Ward loses to Julio De La Cruz-Peraza (2:50pm)
3:00pm Julio De La Cruz-Peraza defeats Joe Ward 30-27 30-27 30-27, great bronze medal for the Irish boxer. The Cuban looks set for a gold medal.
2:56pm Joe Ward will need a huge final round he trails 18-20 18-20 18-20
2:51pm Joe Ward trails after the first round 9-10 9-10 9-10 #almaty2013
2:47pm Joe ward will be in the ring in the next two min
2:25pm Joe Ward is due in the ring in about 25minutes.
11:06am Ken Egan “Thats 33-0 and counting, only one more needed” Jason Quigley replies with huge emotion “I wont let no one stop me doing it” Listen to full interview CLICK HERE
10:53am Its hopefully going to be a gold medal for Jason Quigley on Saturday when he fights Zhanibek Alimkhanuly. He won today 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
10:49am Its victory for Jason Quigley, he came back with a super third round. @jay_quigley
10:45am Its a very tough second round for Jason Quigley as he gets a standing count.
10:41am Very cagey first round by Jason Quigley in his semi-final bout. He leads 10-9 10-9 9-10
10:35am Jason Quigley is in the ring for the biggest fight of his life.
10:30am Jason Quigley will be fighting in around five minutes
10:08am Russian boxer Nikitin has just won his semi-final and will now be fighting for gold, he beat @mickconlan11 in the 1/4 finals
10:03am If Jason Quigley wins he will fight Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in the final after Anthony Fowler had to withdraw due to a hand injury.
Finn Valley’s Jason Quigley is through to tomorrow’s middleweight final at the 17th AIBA World Elite Championships in Almaty as a result of a stunning 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 victory earlier today against Russian titleholder Artem Chebotarev.
In tomorrow’s final he meets the host nation’s favourite son, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly after the latter received a ‘walk-over’ when England’s Anthony Fowler was withdrawn by the English management before the bout, with a hand injury.
In reaching Saturday’s final, Quigley created a bit of history for himself, becoming the first Irish male to win other than bronze since the first edition of these Championships in Havana back in 1974. Since then seven other Irish boxers have struck bronze including Tommy Corr ( in Munich 1982) Olympic champion Michael Carruth ( in Moscow 1989), Damaen Kelly (in Tampere 1991), Stephen Kirk (Budapest in 1997), James Moore (in Belfast 2001) and John Joe Nevin twice (in Milan 2009 and again in Baku 2011).
Today’s victory for the Donegal man was his 32nd on the trot since losing to Willie McLaughlin in the 2012 Irish Elites championship indeed he has not lost a bout since joining the middleweights some 18 months back and of course he is the reigning European champion following his win earlier this year in Minsk.
Today Quigley – after a nervy opening round – was always on top against the dangerous Russian who had already stopped three opponents in the earlier rounds despite being unseeded . He even managed to win on all three judges’ scorecards despite a ridiculous ludicrous standing count in the final round when simply tripped up. He managed another 10:9 on all 3 judges’ cards again in the final round.
After today’s bout, Quigley told the waiting media:: “We went through our tactics last night and we pulled them off to a tee today.
“I picked him off as he came at me, I knew I had the speed and the skill to beat him.
“In the last round they told me to go forward and go at him which I did and I caught him with some lovely, heavy shots and his nose started bleeding.
“There was definitely a few times a hurt him in that fight.
“I didn’t panic and I think that’s experience and learning through the years that when you hurt a man that’s when he is at his most dangerous.
“I kept my composure and kept on him and picked him off with better shots.
“No one is going to stop me doing it.”
Some immediate reaction to Quigley’s win via Twitter.
Katie Taylor @KatieTaylor (herself a winner of 4 Golds at AIBA Women’s Championships)
What a performance by Jason!#masterclass @jay_quigley
Tommy McCarthy @Tommymac90
Jason quigley waaaa!! #lethal
Des Cahill @sportsdes
G’wan #Donegal….!! Jason Quigley has just become Ireland’s first ever silver medalist at the World Boxing Championships
Good Luck to the Donegal man in tomorrow’s final.
Here he is talking to Kenny Egan after his semi-final win today.