JASON QUIGLEY might be facing the toughest test yet in his professional career on Saturday, but the Golden Boy Promotions prospect wants to turn on a ‘master class’ in Las Vegas.
James de La Rosa brings a 23-3 record – which includes a win over Alfredo Angulo in September 2014 – to the table of the T-Mobile Arena.
It’s a significant step up in opponent for Quigley, who has yet to be really worked since he inked a deal with Golden Boy two years ago.
His team have taken him up a few levels for this one – but the former Finn Valley ABC man is ready.
“I need to let him feel my power and let him know that he’s never been in with anyone like Jason Quigley,” says the Ballybofey native (10-0, 9KOs).
“You can get into that ring and get beaten, of course. These things happen.
“For me, come Saturday night do I think that’ll happen to me? Not a hope in hell. Do I think I’m going to beat him? Yes, of course.[adrotate group=”44″]
“Because of how I’ve trained and prepared I know I have every capability of getting in there and putting on a master class. I believe 100 per cent I’ll get in there and shine.
“He’ll be the toughest I’ve fought. He’s fought Alfredo Angulo, a former world champion.
“He has experience, but he’s coming off the back of a loss and I need to capitalise on that.
“I can’t let him settle. I’ve got to keep him on the back foot, I’ve got to keep control and not let him get confident.[adrotate group=”38″]
“I know what’s at stake here. I know that this will put my name up there and this will catapult me into the middleweight division. I’ve to control the excitement, take it all in.”
Quigley’s coaches, Manny Robles, Edgar Jasso and Courage Tshabalala have their man in pristine condition this week.
Quigley has come out of a camp that included sparring with the recently-crowned WBO super-middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez and 24-0 Mexican José Benavidez.
Quigley says: “I have gained and grown so much, physically and mentally.[adrotate group=”58″]
“I’m feeling good and I’ve really filled into a middleweight. I’m strong and big in the division and I can see that in comparison to the others. I need to make sure and use that come fight night.
“I just have to keep climbing the ladder. I need to control everything that’s going on around me.
“I’ll enjoy every minute of it – I’ll even enjoy the fight. This is what it’s all about. I’m lucky to be in this position. I’m getting up every day with a smile on my face and I have to love every minute of this.”