Quigley dreams of a world title homecoming on the Diamond


Quigley dreams of a world title homecoming on the Diamond
By Peter Campbell Sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The Diamond in Donegal Town was a playground for Jason Quigley as a young boy and it is the best known venue for homecomings in the county.

On Wednesday last, hours after the visit of Prince Charles to Donegal Town, the Donegal boxer was back at his first school, Glebe NS, on the outskirts of the town, giving a talk to and answering questions from the pupils.

And he spoke of his dream of one day being back on the Diamond with a world title belt.

"There is something still burning deep down inside me to be the best and be the champion and to succeed in what I have set out to get,” Quigley said.

“Hopefully, the day I will bring back that world title belt to the Diamond will be a proud moment for me.

“I kicked about in these grounds here (at the school) and I remember me and my father kicking ball on the Diamond back when boxing wasn't even a thought in my mind.”

Having been an amateur up to two years ago, Quigley also said he had no regrets about not being part of the Irish amateur boxing team which is preparing for the Rio Olympics.

“If I could put the clock back and change things, not a hope.

“I'm absolutely delighted with the progress and where I'm at in my career and in my life right now. It was a tough decision," said Jason, who added that he remains great friends with many of the Irish amateurs.

"I will be wishing them all the best and I know for a fact that there will be one gold medal if not more coming back from the Games because amateur boxing has gone from strength to strength and so has professional boxing now in Ireland.”

After winning his 11th professional fight against James La Rossa of Mexico on May 7th, Jason is home in Donegal for a short break, but has a busy schedule while here.

"It's always busy when I come home but for me this is the enjoyable part of boxing,” he said.

“It is just such a nice moment, coming back to the school that I started out in. Especially to see the teachers that taught me,” Jason told the Democrat.

"I fly back to LA on Friday and will be back in the gym on Monday.

“I go back and I'll have a meeting with Golden Boy (his promoter) and we'll sit down and talk about the next venue, opponent, time and date. And we'll be ready for whoever comes along," said Jason.

He added: "I'm keeping well. Everything is going great; just turned 25, pushing on now. I'm the perfect age and I have a great two years' experience behind me.”