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Jason Quigley’s message to his domestic rivals

Jason Quigley [12(10)-0] couldn’t care less about middleweights from Ireland and the UK.

Indeed the Donegal star believes that any fighters who are currently keen on calling him out should focus on their own careers first.

The Ballybofey man is currently fighting out of Los Angeles, where he is trained by Manny Robles having turned professional with Golden Boy Promotions.

Such is the power of his current promoter, and his profile back in Ireland, there are numerous domestic punchers, including Conrad Cummings and Connor Coyle, who would jump at the chance to trade leather with ‘El Animal.’

Quigley however is not interested, at this moment, about any of these fights. The 25 year told Irish-Boxing.com that “there are these fighters that have called me out in the past. Irish fighters and there’s been English fighters that have called me out, they talk about me and everything like that.”

“At the end of the day, my message to them is – worry about your own career, go look at your own career, get to where you want to get to in your career and if it develops, then put it on the line, then get the big money, then get the big venues, the stadiums. This is a business as well, you have to do things smart.”

The Ulsterman was keen to stress that he does not feel ‘above’ his fellow Irish pros, and that his views come merely from his self-focused mentality. He explained that “when it’s the right time, and when it makes sense, that’s the time to get the fights on.

“I don’t look past or think that I’m past domestic level or anything like that. I’m not worried about Irish fighters, English fighters, I’m not worried about any fighter in the middleweight division. I’m worried and concerned about myself and taking care of my own career and following the path that I’m on right now.”

“If other people want to talk about me, chat about me, call me out – that’s up to them let them go and do that. That doesn’t bother or interfere with me because I have my own vision, I have my own goal. I worry only about myself and my next opponent, that’s all that I do.”

Further detailing his outlook, Quigley described how “I don’t look at any other fighter in the middleweight division, I concentrate on my own path. I’m in this sport to become world champion, I’m in this sport to get belts. I can’t start picking and choosing fighters that I want to fight.”

“Gennady Golovkin is the man right now in the middleweight division. – but at the end of the year GGG mightn’t be the man anymore, Danny Jacobs might be the man, some other middleweight could be the man. Whoever has the belts, that’s who I want and that can change every fight.”

“I don’t fixate on one fighter.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie