May 29, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Donegal’s Jason Quigley will trade leather with America’s Shane Mosley Jr in Las Vegas tonight in what is being billed as a “must-win” fight for the 30-year-old.
The Ballybofey man’s professional career hit a major setback in July 2019 when he suffered a shock defeat to Bahemnian Tureano Johnson.
The loss, his first as a pro, derailed his world championship ambitions but he has since notched back-to-back wins and victory tonight at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay could put him right back in the frame for a world title fight.
Quigley (18-1 14 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with Mosley Jr. (17-3 10 KOs) for the vacant NABO middleweight title.
“If I win this fight it could really put me into world title contention and that’s what this game is all about,” Quigley said.
“This is my first step toward becoming a world champion. I have to perform well, take care of business and keep climbing that ladder.”
Quigley hinted at a potential fight against ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade, champion of the division, or Jaime Munguia in a world title eliminator. Andrade has taken the scalp of Dubliner Luke Keeler in the past while Munguia has defeated Australian-based Denis Hogan and Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’ Sullivan.
Promoter Eddie Hearn described the bout between two Golden Boy Promotions stablemates as a ‘must win’ for Quigley.
Quigley is trained by former middleweight champion Andy Lee who cannot be at ringside tonight due to a visa issue. Instead, former world bantamweight champion and Olympic silver medalist Wayne McCullough will be in his corner
The fight features on the undercard of Devin Haney’s WBC World Lightweight title defense against Jorge Linares.
Quigley is favorite with bookmakers to win the bout and is best priced at 4/7. Mosley, who is the son of fight legend Shane Mosley, is best priced at 15/8 with firms.
The fight can be viewed on the “over-the-top” subscription video streaming service DAZN.
Coverage begins at 8 p.m. EST or 1:00 a.m. Irish time.
There are two fights scheduled before Quigley’s bout, a four-rounder and a 12 rounder and Quigleys ring walk is expected at around 9 p.m. EST or 2 a.m. Irish time.