The 22-year-old Donegal man joined the famed Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles and has been training for the past month in Oscar De La Hoya’s stable in California.
Quigley had been touted as a medal prospect for the 2016 Olympics but indicated he would be turning professional after the World Championship finals in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last October.
“I’m really, really excited,” Quigley said yesterday.
“I’ve been contemplating whether to make this move or not, but I’ve gone with this feeling in my heart that I have the excitement and hunger to go on and fulfil my childhood dreams of becoming a world professional champion.”
Irish amateur boxing has been under siege since the Olympics with promoters offering Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan lucrative deals to turn their backs on the amateur sport. However, until yesterday, only John Joe Nevin had accepted the advances.
Quigley joins a stable alongside Amir Khan, Bernard Hopkins and David Haye. Englishman Anthony Ogogo, who Quigley beat Ogogo in a Multi-Nations final in 2011 in Helsinki, is also boxing under Golden Boy Promotions label.
Quigley is likely to be in action in the coming months and is set to join forces with De La Hoya’s chief boxing advisor, Al Haymon, who was named as the Manager of the Year in 2013 by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America and who counts Floyd Mayweather Jnr among his clients.
Quigley won 11 Irish titles as an amateur, including the 2013 Irish senior middleweight title and won three European gold medals – the Youths, U23 and Senior titles.