The Donegal middleweight will have been out of action for over a year when he finally makes his return on Saturday March 31st in Boston.
The Golden Boy-promoted Quigley [13(10)-0] fights in the chief support bout of the Easter Saturday card at the Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy and it has been announced today that he will face Puerto Rican Daniel Rosario [11(7)-3(0)].
The clash will mark Quigley’s return from a major hand injury suffered in his win over Glen Tapia last March. It will also be his first fight since leaving Manny Robles in California and linking up with new coach Dominic Ingle in Sheffield.
Fighting on the U.S. East Coast for the first time since 2014, the fight is expected to be the start of a new stage in the career of 26-year-old Quigley who will begin to be marketed in Irish centres around America more regularly.
Rosario suffered a majority decision loss to Mexican welterweight Edgar Ortega in 2014 and subsequently stepped up to light middleweights. He scored a big second-round knockout win over Aaron Garcia in 2015 but has since lost split and majority decisions to Norberto Gonzalez and John Vera respectively. This will be the Carribean islander’s first fight at middleweight.
“I’m ready to light up Boston,” said Quigley. “It’s will be amazing to fight again, but it will be even more special because I’ll be on the east coast with all my Irish fans. This is going to be special, and I will put on a great show.”
Quigley v Rosario will be the chief support on the ESPN2-broadcast card which is headlined by a light middleweight clash between Mark ‘Bazooka’ DeLuca and Michael Moore.
There is additional Irish interest in the bill in the form of Mayo lightweight Ray Moylette [8(3)-0] who faces Irish-American Matt Doherty [7(4)-3(0)-1]. This fight will be a live TV swing bout but, unlike previously believed, will not be for the USA Massachusetts State title and will instead play out over six rounds.