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Jason Quigley had Chris Eubank Jr talks

Chris Eubank Jr almost tempted Jason Quigley [19(14)-2(2)] off the fence.

The Donegal favourite reveals before there was talk of Eubank vs Conor Benn, he was in line to fight the British name.

Quigley hasn’t been seen fighting since he suffered heartbreaking world title defeat to Demetrius Andrade at SNHU Arena in the New Hampshire in November of last year.

There hasn’t been too much talk of him trading leather since, particularly as he has taken to management.

In an honest interview with Irish-boxing.com recently, after discussing all things James McGivern, a fighter he is now guiding the career of alongside Sheer Sports, the World Championships silver medal winner revealed he hasn’t made a concrete decision as to whether he will fight on or not.

Although he seemed to suggest big fights against big names would make up his mind for him.

After [the Andrade] fight I had a lot of time to sit back and reflect on things. I’m at a stage where I’m sitting on the fence really,” Quigley told Irish-boxing.com.

“There are plenty of big fights out there for me, especially with Irish boxing coming back to the forefront again. Fighting in Ireland is something I always wanted to do but they have to make sense. I have been offered a few fights, there was talk of fighting Chris Eubank Jr before the Benn thing happened, which of course that’s something I could get excited about and I’d be like lets rock and roll.”

While the world title defeat and the manner it came will always be a source of pain, a relaxed and bright Quigley says he has come to terms with that.

The popular middleweight has accepted he was caught with a good shot early, which prevented him from achieving the ultimate dream.

“After the Andrade fight, it was one of those sickening things. I’d been training since I was a kid to get to that point in my career. Training camp went brilliantly, everything went smoothly and you get into the ring and the first knockdown he breaks my jaw. It was just one of those things that I had to deal with the best I could.

“There was nothing I can do about it, you could sit and complain about it but this is boxing, of course, it’s sickening and it always will be sickening, it will be for the rest of my life.

“I got into the ring and I felt unbelievable, I felt on game. Demetrius is a wild fighter, tricky fighter, explosive and he landed that shot and that’s boxing.”

Eubank Jr, who has shared the ring with Spike O’Sullivan and JJ McDonagh, will be looking for an opponent after his Benn fight fell through, meaning Quigley could be back on the radar. Talk of Croke Park and a Katie Taylor homecoming will also prick the ears of the Andy Lee trained fighter, as it provides him with the perfect chance to have a homecoming of his own.


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