By Paddy Cronan
In the aftermath of Jason Quigley’s eighth professional fight it’s clear he’s outgrowing the 6 round distance.
None of the middleweight prospect’s opponents have made it to scheduled final bell against him. A step-up in level of opposition is badly needed if the affable fighter is to get in more than 2 or 3 rounds.
This is a problem Golden Boy match maker Robert Diaz is keen to address.
“We want to go into the eight rounds, of course!” Diaz enthused. “Once you get in the eight rounders you get fighters with a lot more experience. He’s shown now that he’s ready to go into the eight rounds. I would have liked to see more rounds today but Jason has power in both hands, and when you have power in both hands even going the eight rounds we might not see the distance for a while…but that is the idea, the next fight to go eight rounds.”
Team Quigley’s spokesperson, Rachel Charles echoed Diaz’s comments. “He’s definitely outgrown them (eight rounders), I definitely think that,” Charles affirmed. First thing tomorrow we will have a team meeting and see where we’re going to go from here…but something pretty special, we’ve got our eye on the date.”
When pressured for an answer about whether or not Team Quigley’s plans include a spot on the Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux undercard on Oct. 17, or a spot on the Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez undercard Nov. 21, Charles wasn’t clear.
“I can neither confirm nor deny but we want to get him in, and it will be something pretty special,” Charles promised.
“We’ll sit down and we’ll talk to Golden Boy. We’ll see what they have planned, and definitely he’s going to go out this year with a bang for sure. Either date works for us.“
If Golden Boy places Quigley on the undercard of Golovkin vs Lemieux (which is scheduled to take place in New York) or Canelo vs Cotto (which is tentatively pencilled in for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas), he might be given a coveted televised spot.
This would put him in the shop window of millions of boxing fans in the United States, as well as around the world. Golden Boy may also opt to place Quigley on the Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Postol undercard which will be featured on HBO.
However, the American network does not generally televise eight round undercard bouts on non-PPV shows. Even without television, the Matthysse vs Postol undercard is still a desirable spot for Quigley. Golden Boy’s Argentine star, Matthysse is sure to bring west coast fight fans out in droves craving a knockout.
Quigley may be on hand to deliver his ninth on one of his biggest stages yet. The ring at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., could give Quigley a great opportunity to add to his growing Southern California fan base.
Charles explained the importance of television exposure at this point in the Donegal puncher’s career. “I’ve been talking to some people from HBO and they’re very excited about him,” Charles revealed. I would imagine that his next fight would be on because they can’t keep him off TV anymore. He’s made a few TV appearances already and the fans and the media want to see him, so we don’t have a choice. We gotta make it happen, which we’re happy about.”