Alvarez-Lara: Jason Quigley to Debut on Undercard in Las Vegas on July 12

Jamie Casey@@jamiecasey37Contributor IIIMay 6, 2014

Jason Quigley in action for Ireland at the World Amateur Championships.
Jason Quigley in action for Ireland at the World Amateur Championships.Getty

Irish middleweight prospect Jason Quigley will make his professional debut on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez's fight with Erislandy Lara on July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 22-year-old, whose opponent has not yet been named, signed a deal with Golden Boy promotions earlier this year, having received an offer in 2013 on the back of winning a gold medal at the European Championships in Minsk.

Quigley also became the first Irishman to take silver at the World Amateur Championships in October, losing out to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan, where the event was staged.

And on Tuesday, the Donegal middleweight confirmed to Box Nation TV presenter Steve Bunce that he will feature on the undercard of Showtime's pay-per-view event.

He said: “I’m making my pro debut on the undercard of Canelo and Lara at the MGM Grand on the 12th of July. I’m absolutely delighted and buzzing with that.”

Quigley went on to declare his excitement ahead of entering the pro ranks but holds his amateur career in high regard as one of the most successful to hail from the Emerald Isle.

“I worked hard as an amateur, I put everything into it,” he added. “I wore the vest proudly and made history by wearing the Irish vest at the World Championships.

“Once I achieved that, it was really the professional side of the sport that burned deep down inside of me it was always a childhood dream to become a world professional champion."

The Irishman, who turns 23 later this month, beat Romania’s Bogdan Juratoni to claim his gold medal at the European Championships last year, before suffering his first defeat at the World Amateur Championships.

Quigley's amateur record finished up at 33-1-0, with his only loss coming against Alimkhanuly.

Golden Boy got in touch with Quigley’s father (also his representative) towards the end of 2013, and the pair traveled to America in the new year to put pen to paper after meeting with founder Oscar De La Hoya and matchmaker Eric Gomez.

He will undergo a four-round contest on his professional debut.