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Irish amateur standout Jason Quigley has signed with Golden Boy Promotions, the company announced on Tuesday.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed with Golden Boy Promotions," said Quigley, a 22-year-old middleweight. "I can't wait to have my first pro fight. This is an amazing opportunity and I will give it my all."
In 2013, Quigley became the first Irish fighter to win a silver medal at the AIBA World Amateur Boxing Championships. He won gold at the 2013 European Championships, among his other tournament victories. Many viewed him as a strong candidate to compete in the 2016 Olympics but he elected to sign a pro contract.
"Jason Quigley is part of the next generation of European boxers who are about to make their mark on the international stage, and we believe he has the skill and determination to go very far in the future," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said in announcing the signing. "It also doesn't hurt that he has the great nation of Ireland behind him, and I know they will support him wherever he goes."
The date of Quigley’s pro debut has not been set.