Andy Lee to train Jason Quigley for December return

Andy Lee has confirmed he will train Jason Quigley [16(12)-1(1)] for his NEXT fight.

Rumours regarding a link up between the pair have been floating around and increased significantly when the Donegal middleweight posted a video of the Limerick man taking him on the pads.

Speaking on Off The Ball’s Off The Brawl this week, Lee confirmed he has been training the Golden Boy fighter and will work his corner in his next bout.

The former WBO middleweight champion of the world revealed the World Championship silver medal winner will return to the ring on December 6 in California.

“It wasn’t the most flattering video,” Lee laughed when asked about taking Quigley on the pads, “I think I’d just waken up out of bed.

“I’ve been helping Jason and we’ve been training for a few weeks now. Obviously, he’s coming back from a bad loss, he’s got to rebuild and find that hunger again, find that fire which I believe is there.

“He’s fighting December 6 I believe in California and I’m going to train him for that fight.”

Quigley had told Irish-boxing.com earlier this month changes were imminent post his disappointing defeat to Tureano Johnson – and while the Lee link up hasn’t been confirmed as permanent it is clear the former Manny Robles trained fight has left Dominic Ingle.

The Donegal man has also been open about how well he has taken the defeat and how happy he is with life in general.

However, Lee, who trains and manages exciting prospect Paddy Donovan, is happy to report that might not quite be the case and he is certainly happy with the hunger he has seen in the gym.

“What he has shown me in the gym shows me that whatever he puts in the public sphere might be different to what he’s feeling inside,” he explained.

“What he has shown me in the gym is that he’s working hard and even within a small few weeks, small adjustments are making a huge difference.

“He’s very teachable.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com