Jason Quigley admits he will watch the 2016 Olympics with a somewhat rueful glare, but believes he made the right decision in turning over when he did.
After claiming World amateur silver back 2013 the Donegal native was highlighted as a RIO medal hope, but eventually elected to turn over and go pro.
The Golden Boy puncher has since worked his way to 9-0 with eight knock outs and is happy to be chasing a World title rather than Rio Gold.
“It’s been a whirlwind. I’ve had nine pro fights with eight KOs. It’s been a massive year in my life, turning professional, moving to the US and with just every aspect in and out of the ring,” Quigley told Sky Sports.
“The decision to go pro was very hard at the time and made by me and my father. I’m delighted with the decision, though. Will I be watching the Olympics thinking I should have gone? Of course, but that’s because that will be the moment.
“I will watch the Games but I know I made the right decision. I’ve got a world title to go for.”
It has been a bright start for the young prospect and his performances have certainly caught eye, however he is keen to improve both his record and his performance levels over the coming 12 months.
“As for my career, over the next 12 months I intend to put in a sensational performance in all my fights, to be exciting and stay undefeated and make a major mark in the middleweight division.
“2016 is hopefully going to my breakthrough year and then in 2017 is where I start my domination.”