Dublin pro boxing ‘revolution’ being led by Quigley

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jason Quigley will look to lead a Dublin boxing revolution from inside and outside the ring.

The Donegal native confirmed he will fight in Ireland for the first time as a pro at the National Stadium on April’s Fools Day, topping only the second professional fight card to come to the capital since 2019.

The former Golden Boy fighter’s influence will be felt throughout the entire card and the event.

The World Championship silver medal winner,  who was last seen fighting for the WBO middleweight title in November 2021,  has been managing fighters for the last 12 months and is LA-based management company Sheer Sport’s main man in Europe.

Quigley lead a link-up between Sheer and Elite Promotions, who promoted the ‘Time To Go Again – Rising Out Of The Ashes’ bill late last year. The newly formed Elite Sheer Sports announced their first show for April 1 over the weekend and have big and long-term plans for Dublin.

The April show is the first of many planned for the National Stadium meaning Dublin could have regular boxing for the first time since the badly missed Bernard Dunne era.

A press conference tomorrow will confirm card specifics but expected to appear on the card are some of the Celtic Warrior Gym crew, including Craig O’Brien, Ray Moylette, Daniel O’Sullivan and Cathal Crowley. 

19 June 2022; Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan, left, and Eoin O’Brion after the Irish Life Dublin Race Series 5 Mile at Tallaght in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Liam Walsh is also cert to trade leather on a bill Elite Sheer hope to secure TV for as is Danny Keating and the Ricky Hatton trained Brett McGinty, while Clondalkin’s Danny Wilson, who also boasts a trainer of note in Kenneth Egan (inset), will be hoping to fight in Dublin for just a second time.

The Dublin Gazette understand Quigley is being lined up for the Katie Taylor Amanda Serrano 2 undercard and that Elite Sheer are hoping to secure the services of Olympian Emmett Brennan, a fighter they believe can be influential in a Dublin revival. 

The Dublin Docklands graduate could debut on the bill and fight for the first time since his Olympic adventure.  

“We did a lot of work In background and the link up between Elite and 

Sheer is very exciting, something we plan on making exciting and successful for Irish boxing,” Quigley said.

Barry Walsh of Elite Sports Promotions said: “Ireland has been starved of high-profile professional boxing. 

“The level of talent we are producing deserves a platform and this is the collective goal of the Elite Sheer partnership.

“The success of ‘Time To Go Again – Rising Out Of The Ashes’, set a solid foundation,” he added. 

Jason Quigley (right) and Demetrius Andrade pose with promoter Eddie Hearn after the weigh-ins ahead of their WBO World Middleweight Title fight at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Photo by Ed Mullholland / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

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