‘Now is not the time’ suggested Jason Quigley when asked by Donegal Sports Hub about possible all Irish dust ups with fellow prospect middleweights Conrad Cummings and Luke Keeler.
The Golden Boy puncher, who goes into his tenth pro fight in California this week, has been linked to both the Tyrone and Dublin fighters for some time now. Indeed, both he and Cyclone Promotion’s Cummings have traded verbals over the last 12 months, but undefeated World amateur silver medal winner doesn’t think a fight with either is on the horizion.
Quigley claims he wouldn’t gain anything from sharing a ring with either at present, but does believe if both keep winning a big fight for ‘a shit load of money’ in Ireland could happen.
“What would be exciting about me fighting Luke Keeler or Conrad Cummings now? I’ve beaten both of them as amateurs,” Quigley told Donegal Sport Hub.
“They have nothing to prove to me right now and I have nothing to prove to them. Let me do my thing and them do their’s. Then, let’s fill the O2 Arena or MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, make a shitload of money and have a real, proper show for people.
“Wouldn’t it be class to get an eliminator for a world title against one of the boys? Imagine the hype if some of us go on to do well, knocking a contender out, what would happen. That anticipation would build everywhere, not just in Ireland, and would really get the fans going.”
“There’d be no sense in something like that now. It would gain none of us anything.”
Quigley has made some noise since turning over and is deemed one of Ireland’s best prospects, but both Keeler and Cummings have progressed up the rankings nicely over a similar number of fights. Both are keen on the clash and in 12 months time there could be a scenario were Keeler, Cummings and Quigley could be a modern day John Duddy, Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee scenario – although Irish fight fans will be hopeful fights can be made between the rising three.
If all three keep winning you could even see the likes of Eamonn O’Kane and Spike O’Sullivan mooted as possible opponents.