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Jason Quigley will fight early in the morning in Las Vegas to save his career.

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Beating Sugar’s son could get his middleweight career going again, but he’ll have to do it without Andy Lee in his corner

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Jason Quigley will try to improve his professional record to 19-1 when he takes on Shane Mosley Jr. in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sports File

Sean McGoldrick

Jason Quigley will fight early in the morning in Las Vegas to save his career.

He is calling Shane Mosley Jr. for the vacant North Middleweight Belt American Boxing Organization at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Mandalay Bay. It is a competition that the 30-year-old Donegal-American cannot afford to lose.

Mosley Jr (30), the son of the legendary « Sugar » Shane Mosley, who has won several world championships in three weight classes a professional record of 17: 3.

Despite being an ocean apart, Quigley’s trainer Andy Lee will feel a sense of Deja Vu when his fighter steps into the ring.

Lee, who, due to a US -Visa hiccups cannot be on the ring, knows the situation of the former amateur silver medalist in the world.

Before Lee was crowned world champion, he faced the same challenge as Quigley, who in Lee’s absence will have Belfast boxing icon Wayne McCullough in his corner.

In his ninth professional fight in 2008, Lee lost his unbeaten record in great excitement to Brian Vera. The defeat slowed his progress for years and it wasn’t until 2012 that he got the opportunity to fight for a world title against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

He finally won the WBO world belt in December 2014 with a breathtaking stopping success over Matvey Korobov.

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Quigley’s career stalled in July 2019 when he suffered a shock loss while defending his NABF middleweight belt to Beijing Olympic gold medalist Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas. It remains the only stain in his professional career (18-1). But it still derailed.

« This is really his second career, » suggests Lee. « He had to suffer from this loss, the chances were not given to him, which always happens when you lose in boxing.

 » He has had two difficult years since then, but he has worked hard and is an absolute professional .

« We reacted differently to the losses. Jason is a more positive person than me. But I don’t think he realized the impact the loss would have. It’s been a struggle for the last two years. None Disrespect to the guys he has beaten in his two fights since, but they weren’t anyone.

« He’ll have to wait to get back on the bigger stage. But he was steadfast in his determination. He could have easily walked away Everyone else fought, but he didn’t get any fights that would upset him. But that’s exactly what happens when you lose in boxing. « 

Quigley insists he’s changing not just as a fighter but as a person has since he was taking the influence of Lee is advised. In a perverse way, the latch helped them connect inside and outside the ring.

« It was a breath of fresh air that changes and works with Andy, » says Quigley. « We worked on a lot of things: mindset, fixtures, different techniques. »

But the biggest change was in his mental attitude. He admits he’s been indulging in the hype surrounding his high profile association with Golden Boy Promotions and the idle talk about his being named World Champion.

« When I turned pro, it was a question of when Jason Quigley was going to become World Champion . It was never a case of, « Jesus Christ, it would be great if Quigley could become world champion or win a world title bout ».

« What I see now in the gym is someone who is in control of themselves at all times during a round . He has a lot more control over himself when he’s fighting, « says Lee.

Quigley made his professional debut in July 2014 at the mecca of professional boxing, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At the top of the bill was Canelo Alvarez, arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

For a fleeting few weeks last summer, there was a possibility that the Stranorlar fighter would trade leather with the Mexican megastar . “I had a call from Golden Boy (Promotions) asking if I would take up the fight (against Canelo). I said, « Of course I’ll take on 100 pieces. » They told me I was on a shortlist with three other fighters and they would come back to me when everything was approved. “

The call from America never came. But Quigley is philosophical about his fleeting brush of fame.

« I agreed to take up the fight, and it was a possibility. But it didn’t happen. But here we are now and maybe it will happen in the future. “

Quigley and Mosley Jr are both promoted to Oscar de La Hoya’s Golden Boy organization and fought each other six years ago in Los Angeles.

Quigley admits he doesn’t care too much because he had to trade leather with « Sugar » Mosley that same day.

« He was a massive star and it was the fight against him that I focused on, » recalls Quigley.

The recent showdown between Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders, who beat Lee in a 2015 world title fight, made Quigley growl.

« When I’m at camp I don’t usually get up at 4 a.m. to watch fights, so am I went to bed a few hours early that night. But I couldn’t get back to sleep after that because I was humming. The possibility of these fights taking place across the board appeals to me. « 

Mosley Jr. won in his last bout in February a super middleweight rank and Lee admits that Quigley could be at a disadvantage in the first few laps. He accepts that the American can win.

« Jason didn’t fight, but he has a lot of good sparring. It may be a little rusty there, but he’ll have to deal with it, » Lee said.

 » Technically, Mosley Jr. has some flaws, but he has the mindset to make up for this and he will come to win and fight. Jason knows what he is up against and he knows what to do to win . « 

For a while he knew he couldn’t go to Las Vegas and recruited former 1992 world champion and Olympic silver medalist, McCullough, to stand up for him.

But when the bell rings, lies It’s up to Quigley to do business and get his career back on track, just like Lee.

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