WAYNE MCCULLOUGH WANTS TO form an Irish dream team with Jason Quigley in Los Angeles.
Quigley is unbeaten in his nine professional fight and is counting down to his next bout, on March 25 at Fantasy Springs in Indio.
‘Pocket Rocket’ McCullough, the former WBC bantamweight champion, has told how he would love to get a chance to work in Quigley’s corner.
“I think I could help turn Jason into a really, really good pro,” McCullough told Donegal Sport Hub.
McCullough and Quigley are both based in Marina Del Rey and have become good friends.
Jason Quigley with Wayne Pocket Rocket McCullough
In 2011 Quigley boxed twice in the World Series of Boxing with the LA Matadors and McCullough walked the Ballybofey to the ring for his wins over Vitali Bandarenka and Troy Trevor O’Meley.
McCullough said: “I’ve known him since he fought in the WSB over here. I approached him back then. It was very clear that he had a talent. I saw a guy with the appetite and talent to be a world champion.
“He’s a great kid. He has the talent to really jump in this game.”
Quigley was trained by his father, Conor, during his amateur career and for his first three professional contests and is now working with Manny Robles.
McCullough – who was never knocked to the canvas in his 34 pro fights – would love to get the chance to link up with Quigley.
The Belfast man, who defeated Yasuei Yakushiju in Japan in 1995 to win his WBC title, said: “We have talked about working together, but I’m not going to step on anyone’s toes.
“Jason’s got to get the right coaching. I was gobsmacked when Eddie Futch took me on. After two years and five months, he had turned me into a world champion.
“Jason’s a friend, first and foremost.
“We’re in the same neighbourhood and we hang out in the same coffee shop.
“I like his style. I’m looking forward to seeing Jason’s progress. He’s in good form and he’ll have to stay active now. An active fighter will be a better fighter.”