There will be a big Donegal interest in London's Copper Box Arena on Saturday night when Jason Quigley and Sean McGoldrick take to the ring as part of the undercard of the Charlie Edwards-Algel Moreno WBC Flyweight World title fight.
Quigley will be making his first fight in the ring in the UK while McGoldrick, whose father is from the Ballyshannon area, is back in the ring after changing his trainer.
Both fighters are unbeaten with Quigley with 15 fights undefeated while McGoldrick is 7-0.
Newport-born McGoldrick says he is feeling revitalised after teaming up with 2018 British Boxing Board of Control trainer of the year Jamie Moore in Wigan.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist fights for the first time under his new trainer in a six-round super-bantamweight contest against Liverpool's Sean Cairns next Saturday.
And the unbeaten McGoldrick believes a good showing at the Copper Box Arena in London will strengthen his title credentials.
"We are all set now. I have been training with Jamie Moore in Manchester and it has been working out well. I stay up there during the week and go home to my family at the weekend. They have been very welcoming (in Manchester)," says Sean, who is expecting a tough contest from his namesake Sean Cairns.
Asked if he knows if Cairns has any Irish connection, he says he is not aware. "He has got a winning record and people (around Manchester) speak very highly of him."
Being on the same card as Jason Quigley has made this a big outing for McGoldrick. "It is brilliant that Jason is on the card. We have been on the same cards before at underage level and at international meetings.
"I have a big supporters' group coming up from Wales and they will all be supporting Jason as well. They know him very well," said McGoldrick, who is confident that the Quigley supporters will get behind him on the night as well.
The long term ambition for McGoldrick for 2019 is to get a title fight but he says the full focus at the moment is on Saturday. "I need to be good this weekend. This is a step up," said McGoldrick.
QUIGLEY OPPONENT NAMED
Jason Quigley (15-0, 11KOs) will face Finland’s Mathias Eklund (10-1-2, 4KOs) on Saturday night in the Donegal boxer’s UK debut.
“I’m excited now to get back into the ring again,” NABF middleweight champion Quigley said.
“I’ve had a good training camp and I’m ready to kick off the year in London.
“I’ve been very appreciative of the support so far in my pro career. I’m delighted now that many more of them will have a chance to come to see me in a fight.
“It’s going to be a great experience.”
Quigley, now based in Sheffield, where he trains under Dominic Ingle had wins over Daniel Rosario and Freddy Hernandez in 2018.
The Golden Boy Promotions puncher is ranked fifth in the WBC World Rankings and is looking to make some noise.
Quigley opens up his 2019 with a bout against Eklund, whose sole loss came in October, when he lost a split decision against Patrick Rokohl for the vacant WBO European super-middleweight title.
The Sheer Sports-managed Quigley said: “I’m taking it one fight at a time. I can’t overlook any opponent.
“Mathias Eklund will be coming to win on Saturday. He’s had only one loss and has never been stopped. He’ll see this as a big chance to upset the odds. I know I have to be on my game.”