Quigley vs. Tapia Final Thoughts
The long awaited debut of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN is
nearly here. On Thursday, March 23, Irish middleweight
contender Jason "El Animal" Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) will
showcase his skills against the hard-punching Glen "Jersey
Boy" Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round main event battle
for the vacant NABF middleweight title. In the co-main
event, Coachella's Randy "El Matador" Caballero (23-0, 14
KOs) will campaign to become a two-division world champion
as he combats for the NABF super bantamweight title against
Jesus "Estrella" Ruiz (35-7-5, 24 KOs) in a 10-round affair;
and making her pro-debut on the national TV broadcast, 2012
Olympic Bronze medalist and highly decorated amateur Marlen
Esparza will participate in a four-round flyweight fight
against Rachel Sazoff (0-2).
The fighters shared their final thoughts ahead the fights,
which will air live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in
Indio, California on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes at 10:00 p.m.
ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Below is what the fighters had to say:
Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Middleweight Contender:
"I'm delighted to be headlining on ESPN on Thursday; it's a
great honor and opportunity. My camp has been amazing - all
the hard work has been put in, and I'm ready. I plan on
putting on a great show for my American audience and my
friends, family and fans back home in Donegal, Ireland.
"If Tapia wants a war, I'll give him a war...I'm prepared
for anything. Winning this fight brings me one step closer
to my dream, winning the NABF title will be fantastic, I
still have a long way to go, and am dedicated to making my
dream of being a world champion come true."
Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia, Former WBO NABO Super Welterweight
"I'm honestly really excited for this fight. Not only
because it's a televised ESPN fight for the NABF title but
because it's been a tough couple of years for my career.
People are looking at this like this a make or break fight
for me, and even though most people would hate to be in this
position, I look at it as an opportunity to bounce back and
show the world who Glen Tapia really is!
"I have a lot of fans that believe in me and have been
waiting for my return, but I also have a lot of critics that
question if I can do this, and that's a challenge that I'm
more than ready to take. My job is not to listen to the
critics; my job is to handle my business in that ring and
show them why I belong here.At the end of the day, I can sit
here and talk about what I'm going to do to Quigley, but the
truth is you guys don't want to hear that. Actions speak
louder than words so I'll just show you guys on March 23rd."
Randy "El Matador" Caballero,Former IBF World Bantamweight
"I'm excited to be back in the ring at Fantasy Springs
Resort Casino. To make it even better I will be co-main
event on ESPN. I am so grateful that Golden Boy Promotions
is giving the opportunity to show my talents on ESPN.
"As for my opponent I know that he is a tough guy and is
coming to win the NABF title. I'm sure this is a dream come
true for him. That's why I need to make sure that I'm 100%."
Jesus "Estrella" Ruiz, Former WBC FECOMBOX Super
"I'm feeling very confident because we prepared well. I know
we have a tough opponent but we're ready to come and fight
and be victorious come Thursday Night."
Marlen Esparza, First Female Fighter Signed by Golden Boy
Promotions and Former US Olympian:
"Honestly, I just want to get this fight over with! The
first fight after a long period of time is the hardest, but
my trainer Virgil Hunter has prepared me well to step back
in. I know it won't be the prettiest fight in terms of
fighting style, but I need this fight to get back into the
Marlen Esparza that was in the Olympics."
"I feel pretty confident - come fight night, I will be
wearing make-up, with my hair done because when I look good,
I feel good which makes me fight well. I'm expecting an
aggressive fighter, so I'm slowing down my training to just
zone out and mentally be there."