After showcasing his aggressive, eye-pleasing style to a wide television audience in Prizefighter last September, and against Erick Ochieng in January, Liverpool’s Nick Quigley gets a grand homecoming on April 27th. The Tower Hill youngster tackles old foe Kevin McCauley at the Echo Arena on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s maiden Brirish title defence against Norfolk puncher, Danny Macintosh.
“It’s finally good to be fighting in my hometown,” buzzed Quigley. “Thirteen fights in and I’m fighting at home, it’s certainly been a long time coming hasn’t it? I’ve waited a long time for this and I’m looking to send everyone home happy. This is a moment that I’ve wanted badly and I get to do it in the number one venue that the city has to offer. Boxing at the Echo Arena has always been a dream of mine and I’m going to enjoy every single moment of it.”
Amassing his ledger against the familiar list of prospect opponents, Quigley ran up seven straight wins before entering the popular Matchroom tournament last autumn. Wins against city rival, Steve Harkin and Kris Agyei-Dua paved the way to the final against substitute, Robert Lloyd-Taylor, but the Merseyside man fell agonisingly short. His 2nd place finish was rewarded with an English title shot against Ochieng and after nine exhausting rounds; Quigley was compassionately rescued by his cornerman, and father, Tony Quigley Snr.
“That fight with Ochieng was a big learning curve for me and I’ve been working hard on putting right what went wrong that night. I’ve got no problems fighting at a fast pace because I’m always at a very fit standard whether I’ve got a fight coming up or not. He [Ochieng] caught me with a few good body shots and that was the difference so me and my dad have been working on making sure that doesn’t happen again. I’m desperate to get back to title class because I definitely feel I belong there and the way back starts at the Echo Arena next week.”
Tickets for “The Big Bang” featuring Tony Bellew v Danny Macintosh, John Watson Jnr v Jason Cook and a stacked undercard starring a number of the country’s leading prospects can be purchased from the Liverpool Echo Arena box office or by contacting 0844 8000 400