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Quigley Downs Tougher Than Expected Tapia on Golden Boy/ESPN Debut



Geniuses, there are so many of them.

They weighed in prior to the Thursday night Golden Boy on ESPN show debut, and clustered on Twitter, and predicted that middleweight Jason Quigley would annihilate Glen Tapia, the New Jersey based hitter who’d been stopped out hard a few times, and thus, the knowers said, would be felled harshly.

Didn’t happen that way…

Quigley took a step back, arguably, as his rising hard status as a prospect dipped, because after a fast start, Tapia got back into the bout and made it interesting.

The judges saw it wide (110-90, 98-92, 99-91) for the Donegal man, and that gave the opportunity for ESPN analyst—who by the way meshed nicely with fellow color guy Bernard Hopkins, as Bernardo Osuna did BBB—to hammer the arbiters as we went to black.

Overall, the show was decent. Marlen Esparza got a gimme to debut as a pro, though her foe, one Rachel Sazoff, once again, proved the Einsteins to be of normal IQ, because she hung in tough and went the distance. Esparza looked just fine.

Also, Randy Caballero came back after a year off and had to work hard against vet Jesus Riuz. The ex bantamweight titlist was scraping rust off throughout.

Overall, decent show. It’s the new normal, with a new reality in play. ESPN plays up the relationship with the promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, and he spoke on his series. Atlas made him promise the matchups would be competitive. So, he’s knee deep in, and GBP exec Bernard Hopkins works the on air. Yes, it’s a new world in sports television coverage. The good thing is, with social media, fans can weigh in, in real time, and that’s aids in accountability.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.