Jason Quigley: 'I’m in the perfect stage in my life and my career to deal with this situation'

Quigley fights for the WBO World Middleweight belt against the title holder, Demetrius Andrade, next month in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Jason Quigley: 'I’m in the perfect stage in my life and my career to deal with this situation'

Jason Quigley WBO World Middleweight challenger pictured in Dublin ahead of his fight against Demetrius Andrade on November 19 in New Hampshire. Picture: Justin Farrelly.

Wherever Jason Quigley has gone lately, the WBO World Middleweight belt seems to have had a presence.

Quigley fights for the belt against the title holder, Demetrius Andrade, on November 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

He got a brief taste of its feeling in May.

A career-best performance by Quigley saw him overcome Shane Mosley Jr for the NABO Middleweight title, however, an issue with the courier company on the night meant that the NABO strap wasn’t in Las Vegas to be presented.

Instead, for images inside the ring at Mandalay Bay, a WBO world belt was used.

Quigley’s coach, Andy Lee, defeated Matt Korobov in 2014 to become WBO World Middleweight champion.

Another Irish icon, Steve Collins, held it in the 1990s.

Reminders of these seismic moments in Irish boxing are dotted over the walls of the Raphoe Boxing Club, where Quigley trains when he’s in Donegal.

“Everywhere I go, everything I see is a WBO world title,” Quigley said.

“Even in the boxing gym in Raphoe, it’s Steve Collins with his WBO belt, it’s Andy with his WBO belt.

“Everywhere I’m looking it’s the WBO belt. Hopefully, it’s not always there and it’s around me as well in pictures up on wall.”

Andrade won the vacant title with a win over Walter Kautondokwa in October 2018 and has defended the belt four times.

Quigley said: “Andrade is the WBO world champion; he is being avoided, he is not getting fights.

“I’m sure in his contract he has to get so many fights.

“I knew I was a big enough draw and a name and I was an exciting enough fighter as well so I knew that DAZN would be happy enough with it as well.

“He needs fights and the big guns are avoiding him. I’ll happily step in and bring that title back to Ireland.”

Quigley recently got engaged to his long-time partner, April McManus, and has been based in Ireland since linking up with Lee in late 2019.

The Finn Valley man, a former World silver and European gold medalist in the Irish vest, feels ready for the moment.

He said: “I’m in the perfect stage in my life and my career to deal with this situation.

“I’m not the young kid now living for the whole excitement of fighting for a world title. Of course inside I am excited and looking forward too it.

“Of course there is a lot more on the line. In terms of my outlook and my focus this is just another fight and I training my absolute ass off in the gym to get that W (win).

“So there is obviously there bits of excitement there that I am learning to control and learning to tunnel vision and focus on the things that matter – getting to the ring 100% the best person I can be in the fight.”

When he goes through the ropes of the SNHU Arena next month, he’ll see the WBO World Middleweight belt again.

This time, it can be his.

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