JASON QUIGLEY CAN’T wait to tuck in at one of Fantasy Springs eateries after his bout with Freddy Lopex tonight.
The Ballybofey man is gunning to make it to 10-0 as a pro when he jostles with the 30-year-old Mexican in Indio.
Quigley is almost two years in Los Angles now.
America’s west coast is an 11-hour flight from Dublin and a long way from ‘home’
While Quigley lives a disciplined life – he’s never touched alcohol – he does enjoy life in Hollywood.
Sometimes, though, it’s about the simple things.
“I love to go after my fights for a big takeaway and a bag of crisps – I can’t do that when I’m in camp,” he says.
“For a few days after the fight, I can sit up late, watch a film with a bag of crisps, a can of coke and a bar of chocolate. And I love my big takeaways!”
Thereafter, he’ll be off to a club. Quigley loves his nights out and dance music is a passion.
In the last six months he’s seen Tiësto three times in Las Vegas.
“I love the tunes,” Quigley says.
“I love going out and would be one of the biggest partiers about. You have to enjoy yourself. You need to unwind in relax.
“There’s no harm in sports people having a drink, but I have just chosen not to. I still love my nights out, though.”
Quigley signed a five-year contract with Golden Boy Promotions in 2014. He’s looked after by Sheer Sports Management and a circle of friends is a small and close one.
“I have a great team around me,” he says. “People are doing different jobs and all I have to do is get into that ring and do my job.
“Their job is to get me fights that will catapult my career and make sure I can get noticed and get looked after well.
“At the start, it was all new to me and I had heard some sketchy things about pro boxing. Trust has to be gained no matter what you do, whether that’s friendship or on a professional level.
“With the people I’m working with, after two solid years the relationship and the trust has grown.”
Quigley has lifelong friend Kevin ‘Elvis’ Gillespie for company in California these days.
“I still miss home, but it’s so good to have someone like Kevin here,” Quigley says.
“In Ballybofey we used to walk on lunch from school to Boland’s and read all about the boxing in the magazines. Now, I’m in those same magazines, it’s mad!”Tags: