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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Quigley is a knock-out

America is discovering talent of Donegal star

THE Jason Quigley juggernaut is gathering momentum.

The Donegal fighter will be in action again on Thursday when he fights on the undercard of the Mercito Gesta v Carlos Molina bout at Fantasy Springs in California. Quigley's fight will be screened live on FOX Sports 1.

Following an impressive amateur career, which included winning silver at the World Championships in 2013, the 23-year old is widely regarded as world champion material.

Despite having had the Rio Olympics in his sights and being on the Sky Sports Scholar programme, Quigley couldn't refuse an offer from his hero Oscar De La Hoya to join Golden Boy Promotions.

"Not making London 2012 made Rio an even bigger dream for me," he told me two years ago. "It made me hungrier and more determined."

As Quigley's skills and strength improved through his amateur career, so too did his confidence. He would later describe the decision to accept the Golden Boy offer as "a no-brainer".

Based near Redondo Beach, Quigley's been learning the pro trade with coach Manny Robles. And he recently got some useful sparring with former world champion Shane Mosley.

Thursday's fight, his sixth to date, will be his third this year.

He has stopped every one of his opponents and has a new sporting ambition. Instead of an Olympic gold medal, Quigley is working towards fighting undefeated WBA world super middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, KO 29).

Thursday's fight will be a six-rounder and, despite his KO power, Quiqley says, "I'm ready to go to the final bell."

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