Tureano Johnson dropped to the canvas to perform press-ups in a show of flash after handing Jason Quigley the first defeat of his pro career overnight in California.

The Donegal man relinquished his NABF middleweight strap as his trainer, Dominic Ingle, called a halt to the bout after nine rounds at Fantasy Springs.

Johnson will get a top-ten WBC ranking and the Bahamian will now be in world title contention once more.

"I'm not here to take punches and give punches," Johnson, now 21-2-1, said afterwards.

"I’m here to get another strap, the big strap. I’m here to be a world champion. Whoever got those belts, I want a Charlo, I want a Canelo, I want all of them."

Quigley began well in the opening two rounds, but the pendulum swung towards Johnson in the third.

Johnson shuddered Quigley with a series of uppercuts and Johnson was soon in his groove.

The sixth was where Johnson really asserted his worth and there was a danger by then that Quigley was in bother.

Quigley was beginning to look physically spent and Johnson was energised. The Ballybofey puncher showed plenty of guts and heart, but couldn't claw the deficit back.

A stirring right from Johnson to the solar plexus of the former World silver medallist in the ninth helped usher in the ending. With Quigley on the stool, Ingle, after careful consideration, decided there was no merit in another three minutes.

Johnson said: "As a fighter, I'm a son, a husband and a father. I’m a Bahamian and I come inside the ring with so much on my back.

"You don’t know half of what I’ve been through, but guess what, that struggle is behind me now."

Quigley first had his mitts on the NABF strap in March 2017 after a unanimous decision victory over Glen Tapia - one of only four times the Ballybofey man had gone the distance as a pro.

After defending his belt last October with another unanimous decision win, this time over Freddy Hernandez following a sometimes ugly brawl, Quigley had a ticking-over stoppage win against Mathias Eklund in London earlier this year.

Quigley went ten rounds with Tapia and Hernandez after previously recording decision wins against Marchristopher Adkins (four rounds) and James de la Rosa (10 rounds).

Since a 2015 destruction of County Derry’s Eamonn O’Kane in New York - a win that put him as a mandatory challenger to Gennady Golovkin - Johnson had won just once in three attempts.

However, this was a chance for the veteran to get back to world level discussions again - and he did just that.

Johnson said: "Quigley had a victory party and somebody sent me a clipping saying that he gonna have a vic party and he don’t even invite me. That p***ed me off, man."

There was a tetchy moment in the ring as Quigley - who was sent directly to hospital for stitches after the fight and did not talk to the media - told the victor: "I have respect for you, so you have respect for me."

Quigley added: "You’re tough and you deserved the victory. I congratulate you and I wish you all the best."

Johnson believes whoever is next in line for Quigley "better come ready".

Just what the future holds now is a little unclear for Quigley, who had been within three fights of a shot at a world title before this one.