Bahamian Tureano Johnson overcame Irishman Jason Quigley to take his WBC-NABF rankings title on Friday morning in Fantasy Springs Casino.
It was a punishing experience for the Ballybofey boxer who retired on his stool after nine hard-hitting rounds. His corner intervened when the writing was on the wall and Quigley's step-up came short.
Midway through the bout his trainer, Dominic Ingle, could be heard assuring Quigley his foe would tire but that failed to materialise and ultimately the decision was made to end the contest.
Johnson, who performed push-up in the ring after his victory, was delighted with the result and made it clear post-fight: "Quigley had a victory party and somebody sent me a clipping saying that he gonna have a party and he didn’t even invite me. That pissed me off, man."
Quigley will now have to rebuild and his #5 ranking with the WBC and#8 with the WBA will now be gone. There was a tense moment when Johnson was interviewed in the ring by DAZN and said Quigley 'quit.'
The Irishman denied this and declared, "I have respect for you, so you have respect for me."
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What's next for the former world amateur silver medallist remains to be seen.