Ballybofey’s world No 1 amateur middleweight boxer Jason Quigley has admitted he may turn pro before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The 22-year-old is undecided on his future but says it is something he is strongly considering. “My first ever ambition was to be a professional world champion, ever since I was a young fella,” Quigley said.
“That’s what’s giving me a buzz at the minute and that’s what I’m looking forward to - to be honest.
“I’m on the edge now at the minute. I’m tipping to one side and then tipping to the other. “My future’s undecided at the minute but pro is definitely a big, big ambition of mine. It could be done very shortly.”
Quigley has enjoyed a spectacular 2013. In February, he defeated the highly fancied Roy Sheahan from St Michael’s in Athy, 15-6, to capture the National Elite Senior Middleweight title in convincing fashion.
That was enough to seal a place on the Irish team for the European Championships in Belarus in June.
Despite being unseeded in Minsk, the Finn Valley ABC boxer defeated Romanian champion Bogdan Juratoni in the final at The Sports Palace for gold. At the World Championships in October in Azerbaijan, Quigley became the first Irish boxer ever to win a world silver medal when he lost to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, his first defeat in 33 fights.