IF the world famous ‘K1 Glory’ tournament are looking for a new heavyweight star, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley could be the man!
The powerful hitting ‘Pinta’ produced a clinical, faultless display to claim a one-side victory over Lucian Danilencu, clinching the ISKA world heavyweight K1 title in Saturday’s main event at the ‘One Big Fight Night’ at The Venue.
It was a momentous night in the history of the sport in Derry, and ‘Pinta’s’ reputation in world kickboxing circles is growing rapidly.
Now a four-time world kickboxing and K1 champion, the likeable Glen native has out-grown the ISKA’s heavyweight division and is ready to move on to bigger and better things.
Saturday’s win, in front of a rapturous 2,00 strong support at the Ebrington venue, has ensured the Derry man can go on and compete in the famous Glory event which brings huge monetary benefits.
There’s no doubt the local fitness instructor has the hunger, desire and talent to compete at the highest level as his victory over the Italian based Romanian fighter, Danilencu - a former Glory competitor - proved at the weekend.
‘Pinta’ began the first of five three minute rounds in emphatic style, peppering his opponent with punches and kicks from the outset.
His fast and furious style took the Romanian by surprise and when Danilencu’s nose broke midway through the round after a powerful barrage of abuse from the Derry man, he struggled to get to grips with his opponent.
‘Pinta’ (6’ 3’’) had a slight height advantage but it was his relentless, high intensity fight plan which proved too much for the Romanian.
Paddy Toland, who ended his 25 year association with the sport after the fight, always claimed ‘Pinta’ was a ‘special talent’ and he proved it yet again.
And ‘Pinta’ claimed Toland’s invaluable nurturing and his tough 12 week training camp had clearly brought the best out him.
“I’m focused and driven,” said a delighted ‘Pinta’ afterwards.
“This is another obstacle crossed and I’ll move on to the next thing. “Although Paddy is retired he told me he will always be there if I ever need him.
“His training was brilliant, not just physically but mentally as well and that showed tonight.”
The Derry support was at its brilliant best at The Venue and ‘Pinta’ claimed the atmosphere gave him that added edge over his opponent.
“I did this for myself but I feel like I’m fighting for the city,” he added..
“I’m representing the whole city and I will continue to represent Derry when I move forward and hopefully get into the Glory tournament.
“I’ll keep moving forward.
“I knew coming into this fight it was going to be tough.
“This was the hardest training camp I’ve done. It was 12 tough weeks but I was lucky I had Aaron McCarron, Vadias Natkus, Tomas Logue, Jim Ramsey - the cream of PT’s fighters were all together for the training camp and it showed tonight in all the fights.
“We all had great results and fought as hard as we could.”
“It’s always been my strength, to fight with power and intensity. Paddy (Toland) told me about three or four years ago that he felt I had something special.
“I have really good fitness and recovery. It takes me one minute to recover and I’m back out whereas the other guy would need five minutes to recover after a round.
“That’s not being cocky it’s being confident in my own ability and in myself.
“I’m so proud that after 12 weeks of hard training I came out on top to win my fourth world title,” concluded ‘Pinta’.