Jason Quigley [12(10)-0] faces a sink or swim moment in LA on Thursday night according to promoter and fight legend Oscar De La Hoya.
The Donegal middleweight faces the experienced and dangerous Glen Tapia [23(15)-3(3)] on the top of a Golden Boy bill which kicks off a new cable deal to televise fight cards on ESPN.
The Golden Boy head-honcho believes the fight at the Fantasy Springs Casino is the perfect match up for the new bumper TV deal and a the perfect test for Quigley at this stage of his career.
De La Hoya is confident that the 2013 World Championships silver medalists, who has passed every test sent his way with flying colours, has the ability to reach great heights and, as a result. is ready to put him in ‘deep waters’ this week.
“I believe Quigley has the potential to go very far. He’s young, obviously can fight, is charismatic,” De La Hoya said.
“The time couldn’t be better – this is perfect for him going against a veteran like Glen Tapia.”
Explaining the American promotional giant’s policy for progressing fighters, De La Hoya noted how “at Golden Boy, when you get to a certain level, you either sink or swim and this is exactly what we’re going to do with the ESPN fights. We want to put you in deep waters.”
“When we signed this historic agreement with ESPN, we promised the best prospects and contenders in Golden Boy’s stable would not just appear, but face solid competition. Our opening card makes it clear that we will fulfill that promise.”
Quigley headlines tomorrow in a NABF middleweight title fight, one of two bouts for the rankings belt, with former bantamweight world champ Randy Caballero taking on Jesus Ruiz for the super bantamweight equivalent. Also featuring on the bill are Tureano Johnson, Mauricio Herrera, Azat Hovhannisyan, Hector Tanajara, and the debut of Olympic star Marlen Esparza.