‘El Animal’ Jason Quigley talks new nickname and Cotto-Canelo dreams

Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley [8(8)-0] is currently living every boxer’s dream – living, training, and fighting in Los Angeles under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions.

The former decorated amateur is also a Sky Sports Scholar and in his latest column for the scheme, the 24 year old revealed the nickname which has been bestowed upon him stateside as well as his immediate plans.

Much like middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and his ‘Mexican Style,’ Quigley has won the affections of the Latino population, acknowledging that “I have gained a bit of a Mexican nickname. They are starting to call me ‘El Animal’. They have been calling me that in the gym and on the television because of the way I have been going through opponents.”

“Personally I would like to think that I’m an animal that stalks his prey and then goes in to finish them off. ”

“I look for the weaknesses and where I can exploit them. That is the sort of animal that I want to be known as.”

Quigley has been one of Ireland’s busiest pros with his eight fights coming within thirteen months, and now the Ballybofey man feels ready to take it to the next level, explaining that “it’s all about moving on now, stepping up the level of opponent, maybe even stepping up the number of rounds as well in the next fight.

“I’m having a bit of downtime back at home in Ireland, but I’ll be back in Los Angeles later this month and it will be full steam ahead as hopefully I’ll be back in the ring in October or November.”

Quigley has November 21st in mind for this return to the ring, on one of the biggest cards of the year, noting that “Saul Alvarez’s huge fight with Miguel Cotto is coming up in November and I’ll try to have a word with Oscar De La Hoya about getting me on the undercard in Las Vegas!”

“It’s such an amazing event and it would be an absolute pleasure to be on the same bill – just to see the build-up, hype and everything. That is the dream to be on these big cards and then to top a big card one day in the future.”

Joe O'Neill

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