Quigley ready to step his pro career up a gear as he heads to Vegas for first ten round bout
Published 06/05/2016 | 20:40
Irish folk rock group Goats Don’t Shave once had a hit record with a ditty called ‘Las Vegas in the Hill of Donegal’
In the early hours of Sunday morning Donegal middleweight prospect Jason Quigley makes the journey in the opposite direction as his fledgling professional career moves up a gear in the newly built T Arena in Las Vegas.
The 2013 World amateur silver medallist is on the undercard of potentially the fight of the year between Amir Khan and Saul Alvarez for the WBC World middleweight title.
This is Quigley’s opportunity to showcase his talents to a massive audience as the fight is being screened on HBO pay-per-view in the States.
The 24-year-old faces an experienced Mexican born opponent James De La Rossa (28) who has a decent 23-3 record and has boxed 138 rounds since turning professional in 2005.
But he hasn’t fought since December 2014 when he suffered his first ever knockout loss. However, he has been back in full time training since the start of the year.
De La Rossa won his first 20 bouts in the professional ranks but his career has been on the wane since 2011 since he suffered his first defeat.
Since then he has been defeated in two of his five fights. This dip in form allied to his inactivity inside in the ring suggests that the Texas based middleweight will struggle to cope with Quigley.
Since turning professional in the wake of winning a silver medal at the World championships in Almaty and linking up with Golden Boy Promotions in California, Quigley has won his ten professional fights, nine inside the distance, but has only boxed 19 rounds.
So far though he hasn’t faced an opponent whose career graph is on the rise but he is obviously patiently learning his trade under the tutelage of Oscar de La Hoya, the backer of Golden Boy Promotions.
Understandably, Quigley is excited about his first scheduled ten round fight. “It’s a perfect opponent, perfect time, perfect place, perfect undercard – I just can’t wait.”
Before a sell-out crowd of 20,000 Quigley looks set to post his 11th professional win on the spin and take a giant leap forward in his career.