THREE-TIME World professional kickboxing champion, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley has set his sights on becoming undisputed heavyweight kickboxing king following his historic acheivement at St Columb’s Hall on Saturday.
SIMON COLLINS reports
The 26 year-old Derry man dominated Spain’s Jose de la llera before forcing him into retirement at the end of the third round of the ISKA super heavyweight title showdown in front of almost 1,000 fight fans at the city centre venue.
Limping badly and suffering a swollen right eye, the Spaniard simply couldn’t compete with the PT’s man’s punching power and accuracy throughout an intense, relentless opening to the main event and his corner threw in the towel as the round drew to a close.
And having made yet another piece of kickboxing history, ‘Pinta’ now plans on making a bid to unify the heavyweight titles in both the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) and ISKA federation.
The PT’s member became just the second professional kickboxer to hold three world titles in three different divisions simultaneously - after Carrigan’s Natalie McCarron - as he now holds the Cruiserweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight belts and he was delighted with his latest achievement.
“I’m on top of the world,” he said. “He was really strong at the start of the first round, he caught me with a couple of punches so I knew I had to keep the guard up.
“When I went back in the corner at the end of the first round and re-gathered myself, Paddy (Toland) said the right words as he always does. I went back out in the second and I hit him with a few straight rights and he didn’t want to know. I knew I had him beat then.
“All my training really paid off and I’d really like to thank Natalie (McCarron), Aidan (Lafferty), Paddy Toland and my family for being so supportive.
“I’ve been working on my straight right hand in training and I caught him with a couple and he didn’t want to know. I wanted to finish it early and the training really paid off.
“I hit him a cracker and saw his eye swell up and he kept looking into his corner, so at that point I knew he was beat. He was a really nice man and it’s a shame I beat him the way I did, but I’m glad I won the title.”
The new ISKA super heavyweight champion doesn’t plan on resting on his laurels and believes there are a number of avenues he could go down as he seeks further accolades.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for PT’s and for me personally and it’s not over yet,” he insisted. “I’m 26 years-old so I’m in my prime. I’ve got three belts and I want to win a lot more. I might possibly move into K1.
“And there’s the WKA - the other kickboxing federation - and I could go into that and become undisputed champion.
“I’ll defend my titles as well but, as Paddy (Toland) said, there’s no one born yet that can beat me and I’ve proven that. I’ll defend it against anybody but in the meantime I’ve another few things in my mind for ways to move forward.
“That’s two K1 fighters I’ve beaten now in my last two professional fights so I’m ready to move into K1 or I could go into another kickboxing association and become undisputed champion which is something I would like to do as well.”
It was a clean-sweep for Paddy Toland trained fighters in what was an highly successful show. Creggan Road native, Aidan Lafferty claimed his first world title with a fourth round stoppage of British champion, Aaron Robinson from Lincoln.
“Having watched him in previous fights, I bided my time and waited to get a couple of rounds over before stepping up my game” said Lafferty afterwards.
“I caught him with a nice body shot and then started to work on him because I knew he was near the end. I’m stronger than most people my weight so I had the power and he couldn’t cope with it.
“He caught me with a couple of shots. I put him down in the third and I sensed I could take him. Paddy said to me in the corner after that he was there for the taking and once he said that I knew it wouldn’t go on for much longer.
“I got him into the corner and went for his head but he had his guard up and I started going for the body. I happened to put him down with a right hook into the body and I seen the referee counting. He dropped his hands once the ref got to six and then he told him to put them up again so I knew he was cautious.
“I let him throw a couple when he got back up and then I just went for it and caught him with a front kick into the body again.
“It’s a brilliant feeling, it’s what I’ve worked towards and I’d just like to thank Paddy Toland. I’ll just keep going and I’ll take any defence,” he concluded.
And Natalie McCarron exacted revenge on English woman, Andree Warbrick with an impressive display on her way to becoming the first ever professional kickboxer to hold three world titles in three different weight divisions.
Dee McGuinness - a nephew of the late Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly - also claimed his first Irish welterweight title when defeating Kilkenny’s Dermot O’Rourke with a fourth round KO.