Jason Quigley has promised that his long-awaited Irish professional debut is just around the corner.
The Donegal middleweight is currently serving his apprenticeship in The Rock Gym in California under Manny Robles, but believes that his triumphant return to his homeland will take place sooner rather than later.
The 2013 World Championships silver medalist was snapped up by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and has raced to 12(10)-0 as a pro Stateside.
The promotional giant operate primarily in North America, something which some have suggested could be a barrier to Quigley fighting back on this side of the Atlantic. ‘El Animal,’ however, has assured fans that this wont be a problem and, once he is ready, he will fight in Ireland.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com, Quigley explained that “it’s not difficult to get me to fight in Ireland because of Golden Boy or anything.”
“I’m here now, I’m serving my apprenticeship right now over here on the West Coast. I’m not ready to come back to Ireland yet – but I will be ready in the very, very near future.”
The Ballybofey fighter has a strong desire to pay back his devoted supporters, and described how “I want to give back to all the fans that have followed me through my career, amateur, professional, who have travelled to Los Angeles, who have travelled to America to watch me fight. The support has been unbelievable.”
First however, Quigley feels that he needs to build to the next level before a return is feasible, and the 25 year old outlined how “I’m out here, I’m serving my time, I’m building a career for myself. I’m building a legacy for myself, I’m building something that I want to bring back to Ireland so that I can put on big time, exciting, pay-per-view fights.”
“It’ll all happen now in the very near future that I will be back in Ireland fighting. It’s up to me now to take it one fight at a time, keep climbing that ladder, and put myself at that level where I’m able to bring big fights over to Ireland.”
This climb will continue on Thursday March 23rd at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, where Quigley will top his first ever bill, taking on contender Glen Tapia for the NABF title, live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
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