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Massive step-up for Jason Quigley on Khanelo card

Jason Quigley will next month take one of the biggest step-ups made by an Irish fighter in recent memory.

The Donegal middleweight fights as a pro for the eleventh time on the Canelo-Khan undercard at the newly-built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7th.

In an impressive match-up, Golden Boy’s Quigley [10(9)-0] will face Texas-based Mexian James De la Rosa [23(13)-3(1)] over 10 rounds in Sin City.

‘The King’ certainly doesn’t have a padded record, and holds wins over plenty of strong fighters. His ledger contains victories over boxers with records such as 21-1-1, 22-2, 10-1, 12-1, 9-0, and 14-0-1, and he should test the Irish former amateur star.

Perhaps most impressively, 28 year old De la Rosa in 2014 became just the fifth man to defeat Alfredo Angulo. This comprehensive points win saw him join Canelo, James Kirkland, Kermit Cintron, and Erislandy Lara in triumphing Andy Lee’s 2004 Olympic foe.

Only last month, De la Rosa was lined up as a comeback opponent for former IBF champ David Lemieux, but withdrew from the clash due to the Canadian missing weight.

‘El Animal’ Quigley features on the free-to-air portion of the Cinco De Mayo PPV event, which will be available to stream live on RingTV.com

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