After a turbulent fortnight of controversy and bitter disappointment, there was finally some good news for Irish boxing this week after Donegal boxer, Jason Quigley, was awarded gold in The Game of Life.
The Game of Life (a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley and based around making the correct decisions in life) was introduced as an Olympic event immediately after the London Olympics of 2012. Quigley was awarded gold in the wake of Michael Conlan’s controversial defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in the boxing.
Conlan’s controversial points defeat to Nikitin (one of many questionable results at the Rio Olympics) pushed Quigley into the Gold medal position after it became crystal clear the Ballybofey boxer had made the correct decision to embark upon a lucrative professional carrier instead of wasting four years of his life training for an event that would bear more resemblance to visible reality if it were judged by Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Andrea Bocelli.
Since turning his back on Olympic boxing, Quigley has been signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and won all ten of his professional fights, marking him out as one of the rising stars of the middleweight division. “Professional boxing isn’t exactly free of corruption itself,” said a source close to someone who once knew someone who was friends with Quigley’s cousin, “But at least in professional boxing the loser usually makes some money when a fight is fixed.”
In other news, Irish Olympic Council President, Pat Hickey, has been arrested as part of an investigation into the touting of tickets for Olympic events taking place in half-empty stadiums.