Jason Quigley [13(10)-0] believes the Wincobank Gym is tailor made for him and has vowed to be the famous boxing academy’s next star.
The Golden Boy prospect traded sunny California for steely Sheffield and Manny Robles for Brendan Ingle – and claims he can’t stop smiling since he has confirmed the move.
The undefeated Donegal middleweight feels some might question the decision, but is adamant it will prove successful.
In fact the 26 year old, who won the NABF WBC rankings title by beating Glen Tapia last time out, suggests the benefits will be there for all to see as early as next year.
Quigley hasn’t fought since March after taking a prolonged period out to allow a “one in ten million” hand injury to fully recover, but is ready for a big 2018.
“I plan to make big waves in 2018,” Quigley said.
“It’s a big move and people will question it – but it’s perfect for me.”
“Even when I talk about it, I can feel a smile on my face. when something feels so right, you just have to go make it happen.”
“I have had a great time in America. Leaving LA was a decision that I took a lot of time to think about, but I’m happy that I have made the right decision.
“I’m happy that I have the full backing of Golden Boy Promotions and Sheer Sports Management for the move.”
The Ingle gym is one famed for a certain style one Herol Graham mastered and the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed, Ryan Rhodes, and Quigley’s Sky Sports mentor Johnny Nelson also used to good effect.
The Ballybofey fighter believes that elusive yet power-laden style blends with his credentials and as a result sees it as a positive link up.
“A lot of the fighters Dominic has had have the same style as myself. They’re elusive, technically sound boxers, who have power. Where I have got to already has come from my boxing ability.
“When you turn pro, people think you have to turn around and start landing big, heavy shots. But you need to box. Boxing is a skill and a technique. The sport is boxing and I’ve got to where I am by boxing.”
“It’s time to tap back into my technique and my boxing skills. Dominic Ingle will bring those out of me.
“Look at the fighters Dominic has with him: Kell Brook, Kid Galahad, Junior Witter, Billy Joe Saunders. A continuous success story. I plan to be another success story in 2018.”
The 2013 European gold and World silver medalist might be smiling after a move to a gym founded by famous Dublin trainer Brendan Ingle, but he has endured a difficult 2018.
He broke his hand early in the win over Tapia and has had to watch from the sidelines in what has been a frustrating 2017, with his injury taking longer than expected to heal.
The former Irish amateur stand out is now itching to get back and can’t wait for what he is confident will be a successful 2018.
“It’s like a lion being locked in a cage for a long time. I’m the lion ready to be released now.
“My speed and my power are all coming back again. I’ve stayed in shape over the last few months and I fell brilliant. Since I’ve come home from LA, I haven’t been able to sleep, but it hasn’t been because of jet lag; it’s because of excitement.
“I’m excited. I dreamed last night about my next pro fight and about knocking the guy out. I just can’t wait to get back through the ropes and do what I love doing.”