Jason Quigley and Randy Caballero both had to go the distance on last night’s Golden Boy on ESPN premiere from Indio, California, but both fighters came out still unbeaten, which is what counts.
Quigley (13-0, 10 KO), the charismatic Irish middleweight prospect, outpointed Glen Tapia over 10 rounds on scores of 98-92, 99-91, and 100-90. The fight was perhaps a bit more competitive than those scores make it seem, as the 27-year-old Tapia gave Quigley, 25, plenty to think about, and exposed a few flaws in his game. But that came after a very fast start for Quigley, including aright hand in the first round that busted Tapia’s nose and knocked him into the ropes. He hurt him again later in the opening frame, and beat up on Tapia in the second round, too.
But Tapia did manage to rally a bit, and fatigue got the better of Quigley as the fight wore on. There’s certainly no argument that Tapia won, or even that he won many rounds, but he survived the fight and pushed it the distance. Tapia (23-4, 15 KO) has now lost three straight, but did end a two-fight streak of losing by stoppage.
Caballero (24-0, 14 KO) won his 10-round decision by tighter scores, beating Jesus Ruiz (36-8-5, 25 KO) on scores of 96-94, 96-94, and 97-93.
Also winning on the card were Marlen Esparza, who was making her pro debut, Mauricio Herrera, Tureano Johnson, Azat Hovhannisyan, and Hector Tanajara.