By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com recently caught up with former amateur standout Jason Quigley (1-0) who will for the second time professionally on Saturday on the Shawn Porter-Kell Brook undercard in Carson, Calif. Quigley made his pro debut on the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara under last month in Las Vegas and stopped Howard Reece in the first round. Quigley was very excited to make his pro debut on such a big stage.
"It was a dream come to true to show people what I got, on what in my opinion is the best stage in professional boxing, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. To be on such a great undercard - Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara - it was a great opportunity and to put on the performance that I did and win in the fashion that I did, was a great honor for me," said Quigley.
The 23-year-old Ireland native is very excited to be fighting on another big card on Saturday. He said that he has taken advantage of his opportunities by picking up tips from his more experienced counterparts. He also said that he believes Porter has the advantage on Saturday evening.
"These guys are where I want to get to in my boxing career. To be on the undercards and see how these guys present themselves not just in the fights but at press conferences and media workouts, to be in the mix with them and pick up little things from them, money can't buy that kind of experience.
"That is tough fight to predict. I think Porter is just a wee bit more ferocious and I don't know if Kell Brook has boxed anyone at this level yet. Brook is a great technical boxer though. If he has the fitness and work rate to keep Porter out then I think he can win. If Porter can get inside I would say it is good night for Kell Brook," Quigley stated.
Quigley finished our conversation by giving a brief summary of his amateur career for the U.S. fans that may not be familiar with him yet.
"I had a very decorated amateur career. I was very lucky to be part of the National High Performance Irish Team since I was about 11 years of age. The experience I have got from amateur boxing has been brilliant. I was able to fight for my country 100 times. I made history by becoming the first Irish boxer to win 3 European gold medals at under 18, under 23 and at senior elite level. Then I went on to make more history by becoming the first Irish boxer to reach a world final and I took home a silver medal. It was a great achievement for my family, myself and my country," Quigley told BoxingScene.com.
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