Jason Quigley expecting tough test from Tureano Johnson on July 18

RINGSIDE 13/06/2019

Undefeated Irish contender Jason Quigley (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his NABF middleweight title against battle-tested Tureano Johnson (20-2-1, 14 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the July 18th edition of Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

Presented by Golden Boy and DAZN, tickets starting $25 go on sale Friday, June 21st at the FantasySprings Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, and online at https://www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Quigley, 28, boasts an unblemished record after turning professional in 2014. The Donegal, Ireland native has defeated the likes of James “The King” De La Rosa, Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, and Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez. In his last fight, Quigley defeated Mathias Eklund via second-round technical knockout. After a year-long setback due to a right hand injury suffered against Tapia, Quigley is eager for a world title shot.

“I’m excited because getting in the ring with these good fighters is going to make me perform even better,” Quigley said. “This is going to be a massive year for me so I’m looking to putting on a great performance. We are focused on climbing the middleweight ladder, and we’re on the road now to world titles. That makes me excited. Tureano Johnson is a great fighter. He’s a tall fighter, and he’s got the repertoire and the armory. I’m expecting a tough fight, and I hope he comes 110 percent prepared because I’m going to be 110 percent prepared.”

At 35, Johnson is hoping to fight for a world title despite some setbacks earlier in his career. His only losses were against Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens and Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko. After a very tough battle against Fernando “El Huracan” Castaneda in February, the native of Nassau, Bahamas is eager to make his case for a world title opportunity by handing Quigley his first loss.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to fight Jason Quigley for the NABF middleweight championship on July 18th in Indio, California,” said Johnson. “Quigley is an excellent boxer with an excellent record, but I will come to the fight prepared to give and to take. I will give him his first loss and take his NABF belt.”

In the co-main event, Alberto “Impacto” Melian (5-0, 3 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina defends his NABA Super Bantamweight Title in a 10-round fight against Leonardo Baez (14-2, 8 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico.


Other fights on the card include:

Marlen Esparza (6-0, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas in an eight-round flyweight bout.

Ricardo Sandoval (14-1, 9 KOs) of Rialto in a 10-round flyweight battle against Marco Sustaita (12-1-1, 10 KOs) of Oceanside.

Carlos “The Solution” Morales (18-4-3, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles returns in a 10-round lightweight fight.

Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KOs) of Paramount in an eight-round super featherweight clash.

Opponents for the undercard will be announced shortly.