PETER O’DONNELL saw Jason Quigley win the first of his Donegal boxing titles in the Raphoe ABC gym 14 years ago.
Even then, the Ballybofey man stood out for O’Donnell, the President of the Donegal Boxing Board, who was one of those in attendance at the County House in Lifford on Wednesday when Quigley was given a Civic Reception by Donegal County Council.
11 Irish titles, three European titles, a World silver medal and nine unbeaten pro fights later, Quigley has really left his mark on the sport and continues to rise.
“He looked like a little boy, lost in the corner, until he started to box,” O’Donnell said of his first viewing of the young Quigley.
“He had every punch in the book. You just knew that there was a bag of titles in him.
“There is no one more worthy than Jason Quigley to have this reception. He has been a great ambassador, not only for Donegal boxing, but for Donegal.”
A selection of those in attendance at the Civic Reception, including Quigley himself, spoke to Donegal Sport Hub for this week’s podcast, in association with the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.
“You see the youngster from time to time and his eyes are dazzing and he has something in his head about what he wants to do – that was obvious in his case,” said Patsy McGonagle, another long time associate of Quigley.
“This boy was going to give it his best shot.”
IABA CEO Fergal Carruth, Donegal Mayor Ciaran Brogan and Donegal County Council CEO Seamus Neely also feature.
Listen to the podcast in full here …