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Jason Quigley considering pro options after brilliant 2013
Irish boxing could lose one of its best Olympic hopes to the professional game before Rio 2016.

IRISH BOXING STAR Jason Quigley is strongly considering turning professional.

The Donegal youngster has been talking to some of the pro game’s big names after his explosive year in 2013.

Now he must decide whether to chase an Olympic gold medal or to pursue his childhood dream — winning a professional world title.

“I’m on the edge now at the minute,” he told TheScore.ie. “I’m tipping to one side and then tipping to the other.

My future’s undecided at the minute but pro is definitely a big, big ambition of mine. It could be done very shortly.

Still only 22, Quigley established himself as one of the middleweight division’s kingpins when he won gold at the European Championships in June.

He then proved it was no fluke by boxing his way to the World Championship final where he was narrowly beaten and took home silver.

That major championship double marked him out as one of Ireland’s best hopes in the ring for the 2016 Olympics.

And after John Joe Nevin’s decision to turn pro earlier this year, losing a second European champ would be a hammer blow for Billy Walsh’s team as thoughts turn to Rio.

I’ve represented my country with all my heart and I was just so proud to put on that Irish vest. Maybe it’s time to take off the Irish vest now and go to the pro ranks.

My first ever ambition was to be a professional world champion, ever since I was a young fella.

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Father and coach Conor has already been in talks with “a lot of big name-promoters” to sound out the best possible fit.

And Quigley insists that “the future’s bright — but the future’s still undecided.”

The two will continue to work side-by-side in the event of any pro move, continuing the father-son double act that has brought them so much success.

“For me to be a professional world champion is my ultimate goal and that’s what’s exciting me at the minute,” Quigley explained.

That’s what’s giving me a buzz at the minute and that’s what I’m looking forward to to be honest.

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