Irish native Jason Quigley looks to remain undefeated tonight at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The former amateur standout, now 3-0 as a professional (all wins by stoppage), faces Lanny Dardar (2-2-2, 1KO) as part of Golden Boy Promotions’ inaugural “LA Fight Night” card. Their super-middleweight bout will be part of the televised portion of the card, which will air on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes at 7:30pm pacific time.
This will be Quigley’s first fight of 2015; he’s planning to build on the momentum he created last year. Indeed 2014 was quite a year for the blue chip prospect. After winning a silver medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in late 2013, Quigley decided to forego a run at the 2016 Olympics and announced he was going pro shortly thereafter.
Last year he relocated from Ireland to the Los Angeles area, signed with Golden Boy Promotions and Sheer Sports Management, and then made his pro debut in the summer on the Canelo-Lara undercard. The 23 year old seems to have taken it all in stride, performing well inside the ring and handling media events with a natural comfort and ease. Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya sees big things for his fighter, referring to him as “a rising Irish boxing star” at a recent press conference in LA.
Although he’s been fighting a few pounds north of the middleweight limit so far in his brief career, Quigley definitely intends to campaign as a middleweight as he moves up the ranks toward contender status. For now, it’s a four-rounder tonight in front of a sold out crowd in his adopted hometown. As you’ll see in the video interview above, the Irishman can’t wait to perform for his fans on both sides of the pond.
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