DERRY professional kickboxer, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley’s hopes of claiming a fifth world title were dealt a blow this week following the postponement of his much anticipated clash with Randy ‘Boom Boom’ Blake.
The Strike Martial Arts Academy fighter was scheduled to challenge the American for the ISKA’s Oriental rules world title on November 1st next in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
However, ‘Pinta’ was left ‘completely devastated’ when receiving the news that his shot at Blake had been put back until February next year.
With just under four weeks until the original date of the fight, Pinta had been midway through his intense training regime, therefore his disappointment is certainly understandable.
“To say that I’m completely devastated is an understatement,” said Pinta. “Any one close to me knows how much this fight meant to me and all the hard work I was putting in.
“But it’s out of my control. I’m disgusted,” he continued. “One thing is for sure though, I won’t stop training and I will be pushing on and keeping myself ready for the next opportunity.”
‘Pinta’ is well accustomed to the school of hard knocks as this fight is his third world title shot to fall through this year.
However, he will concentrate on getting himself mentally and physically prepared as he awaits confirmation of the recheduled fight date, expected to be in February 2015 according to his ISKA promoter, Jag Johal of Leicester Kickboxing Gym.
“I’m gutted for Pinta,” said Johal. “Due to reasons beyond my control, Daniel Quigley’s world title fight with Randy Blake in the USA has been postponed from November 1st until February 2015,” he confirmed.
“Pinta has been training like a man possessed to get ready for this fight and with just under four weeks to go this is not the news any fighter wants to hear.”
It was to be the biggest fight of the Derry man’s career as he continues to pursue an avenue into the world’s premier kickboxing league, ‘Glory World Series’.
“This is the third knock back I’ve had this year regarding fights but it won’t beat me - my time is coming,” insisted the Derry man.
“I’d like to thank my ISKA promotor Jag Johal of Leicester Kickboxing for all his hard work in the lead up to this fight and to my sponsor, BodyFit NI
“I will just have to wait until next year now to get into the ring for my fifthh pro. world title!”