The country of Ireland has a long, storied history in producing world-class fighters who ultimately come to North America to expand their brand. From Barry McGuigan to Wayne McCullough to Andy Lee, the list goes on and on. While home-cooking is nice, there is a huge market in North America. Most European fighters know that if they want to attract worldwide attention, they have to venture across the Atlantic. It looks like Irish eyes will be smiling again at the news that one of their own has signed with one of the world’s top promotional firms, Oscar De la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, to kickstart his professional boxing career here in North America
Irish amateur star middleweight Jason Quigley, who hails from County Donegal, Ireland, has been tearing up the amateurs across the pond. But like many great European fighters, he has his sights set on expanding into the American fight market. The initial plan was to work toward the 2016 Olympics but the opportunity to turn professional seemed like the best career move for the popular Emerald Isle slugger who first laced up gloves at age seven. Quigley has been blazing a trail through the European amateur ranks, winning three European Boxing Championship titles in 2009, 2012 and as a senior in 2013. In October of 2013, Quigley made history by becoming the first male Irish boxer to make the finals and claimed silver in the AIBA World Amateur Boxing Championships.
De la Hoya recently referred to Quigley as “part of the next generation of European boxers who are about to make their mark on the international stage.” He also seemed to realize the potential for the young middleweight to be a star on both continents, saying, “He has the great nation of Ireland behind him and I know they will support him wherever he goes.” Quigley also recently signed with Los Angeles, California-based Sheer Sports Management and company CEO Ken Sheer seemed thrilled to be working with Golden Boy to help launch its latest client.
Said Sheer, “The kid has amazing appeal both in and outside of the ring, American fans are going to fall in love with him.” While it is still early days for Quigley, he is excited and eager to start punching for pay. “I can’t wait to have my first pro fight. This is an amazing opportunity and I will give it my all.”
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