After months of speculation confirmation today that the 22 years old Quigley will forgo the challenge of striking Gold for himself- and for Team Ireland -at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Instead he has agreed terms for a switch to the Pro. ranks under Oscar DeLaHoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
His loss, though not unexpected since he failed to enter the 2014 Irish Elites will come as a blow to Billy Walsh and the High Performance team who have helped in no small measure to make Quigley the outstanding champion he is today.
The loss will be felt too by the AIBA who had been expecting a call from the Stranorlar man following an offer which it is understood he received from the sport’s governing body some weeks ago.
“I’m really, really excited. I’ve been contemplating whether to make this move or not, but I’ve gone with this feeling in my heart that I have the excitement and hunger to go on and fulfil my childhood dreams of becoming a world professional champion,” he told Sky Sports for whom he has been an Sky Sports Scholarship Ambassador (together with Katie Taylor) in Ireland.
Quigley,as we reported here last October , won a silver medal at the AIBA World Championships in Almaty ,Kazakhstan.
By turning professional he will now be eligible to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games. All in the Irish boxing community join in wishing him a very successful career in the Pro ranks.