‘You have so much in front of you’, Eddie Hearn tells Jason Quigley ahead of UK debut


Eddie Hearn has told Jason Quigley: ‘You have so much in front of you in a stacked middleweight division’.

By Chris McNulty in London

NABF middleweight champion Quigley (15-0, 11KOs) makes his UK debut on Saturday night when he faces Mathias Eklund from Finland at London’s Copper Box Arena.

Quigley is fighting outside of America for the first time as a professional and Matchroom Boxing President Hearn is thrilled to get the Ballybofey man on one of his cards.

Quigley is on the undercard of Charlie Edward’s maiden WBC Flyweight World title defence against Angel Moreno.

“It’s is a delight to have Jay Quigley on the card in his first fight in the UK,” Hearn told a press conference this afternoon.

“This is a really stacked card.”

Jason Quigley in action against Freddy Hernandez in October

Quigley is a former Sky Scholar and the Head of Sky Sports Boxing, Adam Smith, said the card is chance for the likes of Quigley to shine before a new audience.

He said: “Jason Quigley, it is fantastic to see you. It has been brilliant to work with you over the years.

“What a night this is. This is a phenomenal show and exactly the sort of show we want to bring you. There are great fights, great belts and great moments on offer. It is the next generation. This is a chance for these guys.”

Quigley, whose last fight saw him defeat Freddy Hernandez to retain his NABF middleweight strap in October, is now based in Sheffield and working under Dominic Ingle.

Quigley is ranked fifth by the WBC.

Hearn told Quigley: “You have so much in front of you.”

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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