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Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley swaps Rock Gym for the Steel City

Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley will say goodbye to Manny Robles and the Rock Gym and relocate to Sheffield to work with Dominic Ingle, son of Dublin-born Brendan Ingle
Andy Watters

­D­ONEGAL middleweight Jason Quigley is swapping the Rock Gym for the Steel City as he relocates from Los Angeles for Sheffield to team up with new trainer Dominic Ingle.

Ballybofey native Quigley (26) didn't make the impact some might have expected of him in 2017, but he moved to 13-0 with 10 stoppage wins.

He says Ingle, son of Dublin-born Brendan Ingle and trainer of former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, will "get the best out of me".

“It's a big move and people will question it - but it's perfect for me,” NABF middleweight champion Quigley said.

“Even when I talk about it, I can feel a smile on my face. when something feels so right, you just have to go make it happen.

“I have had a great time in America. Leaving LA was a decision that I took a lot of time to think about, but I'm happy that I have made the right decision.

“I'm happy that I have the full backing of Sheer Sports Management and Golden Boy Promotions for the move.”

The Donegal man has been based in Los Angeles since turning pro in 2014.

Although Quigley is moving back across the Atlantic, he will still be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and managed by Sheer Sports Management.

Quigley will begin training with Ingle this month and is looking forward to a comeback bout on the east coast of America in early 2018.

He said: “I plan to make big waves in 2018.

“A lot of the fighters Dominic has had have the same style as myself. They're elusive, technically sound boxers, who have power. Where I have got to already has come from my boxing ability.

“When you turn pro, people think you have to turn around and start landing big, heavy shots. But you need to box because boxing is a skill and a technique. The sport is boxing and I've got to where I am by boxing.

"It's time to tap back into my technique and my boxing skills. Dominic Ingle will bring those out of me.”

Quigley overcame Glen Tapia at Fantasy Springs in March to win his first professional title, the NABF middleweight belt.

He said: “I would like to thank Manny Robles and all the team in America who have helped get me where I am, unbeaten in 13 pro fights.”

A broken right hand, sustained in the second round of his bout with Tapia, has healed and Quigley - who has since moved into the top ten in the WBA World rankings - is ready for action.

He said: “It's like a lion being locked in a cage for a long time. I'm the lion ready to be released now.

“My speed and my power are all coming back again. I've stayed in shape over the last few months and I fell brilliant.

“Since I've come home from LA, I haven't been able to sleep, but it hasn't been because of jet lag; it's because of excitement.

“I'm excited. I dreamed last night about my next pro fight and about knocking the guy out. I just can't wait to get back through the ropes and do what I love doing.”

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