The Sky is the limit for Jason Quigley

The Sky is the limit for Jason Quigley
The Sky Sports cameras will be at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar on Tuesday to shoot a feature on Jason Quigley for ‘Ringside’.

The Sky Sports cameras will be at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar on Tuesday to shoot a feature on Jason Quigley for ‘Ringside’.

Quigley, who is a Sky Sports scholar, was featured on the Thursday show from the broadcaster’s London studios following his capturing of a silver medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month.

The 22-year-old lost his first fight in 33 as a middleweight to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan.

“All is going really well and I’m looking forward to the future,” the Ballybofey native said.

“I had a stormer of a tournament. Going into the world Championships, if anyone had’ve said I would’ve come away with a silver medal I would’ve taken the arms off them.

“It was a weird feeling then and such disappointment then when I lost in the final.

“It really showed me how much I want to be a world champion in the near future because the disappointment is something else.”

Quigley has never hidden his aspirations of one day becoming a professional boxer.

But having won European gold at U-19, U-23 and senior, as well as the silver in the worlds in Kazakhstan, the current joint world number one amateur middleweight admits he has some decisions to make in the not too distant future.

“I’d look forward to getting involved in the Irish professional excitement,” he added.

“There’s a great buzz about the boxing in Ireland. The atmosphere really gives you that extra lift.

“Going pro has been a dream of mine since a very young age. I dreamt of being a world professional champion since I was a child.

“At the minute, I’m just enjoying my recovery and rest. I have a holiday next week and then I’ll have a few decisions to make. I’ll sit down when I come home and see what road is the right one for me.”

Quigley was treated to a hero’s welcome upon his arrival back in Ireland after becoming the first of his countrymen ever to achieve better than a bronze medal at the World Championships.

The Sky Sports Scholarships scheme will provide tailored support to an exciting group of UK and Irish athletes in the early stages of their sporting careers, some of whom have medal ambitions at the next winter and summer games.

The scheme will offer assistance through financial support, media training and mentoring.