Jason Quigley will fight to save his career in Las Vegas in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
He challenges Shane Mosley Jr for the vacant North American Boxing Organisation middleweight belt in the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay. It is a contest the 30-year-old Donegal native cannot afford to lose.
Son of the legendary ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, who won multiple world championships in three weight divisions, Mosley Jr (30) has a professional record of 17-3.
Though they are an ocean apart, Quigley’s trainer Andy Lee will feel a sense of deja vu when his fighter steps into the ring.
Lee – who is unable to be at ringside due to a US visa hiccup – knows the predicament facing the former world amateur silver medallist.
Before being crowned world champion, Lee faced the same challenge now confronting Quigley, who will have Belfast boxing icon Wayne McCullough manning his corner in the absence of Lee.
In his ninth professional fight, in 2008, Lee lost his unbeaten record to Brian Vera in a big upset. The defeat stalled his progress for years and it wasn’t until 2012 that he got an opportunity to challenge for a world title against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
He eventually won the WBO world belt in December 2014 with a stunning stoppage success over Matvey Korobov.
The match between two stablemates at Golden Boy Promotions is “always won” by Eddie Hearn. After losing to Tureano Johnson in July 2019, Quigley is back on the road to victory with a streak of victories. ..
Mosley Jr. is aiming for that too, and former third-class king Shane Sr.’s son started boxing more recently than Quigley and retired Christian Olivas after five rounds in Indio, California in February. This is his fourth win with a 30-year-old bounce that won a £ 168 NABO belt in the process, leaving Quigley with a statement victory to appear in the mix when he returns to the middle class. Will be.
Jason Quigley is an average of -237 favorites and Shane Mosley Jr is a +188 underdog. According to Sports Betting DimeGiven that the match is played on Mosley’s turf (Las Vegas) and he faces more fierce competition, it’s a little hard to understand the big odds gap. Mosley fought 10 rounds against the top 10 middleweight Brandon Adams in 2018 and has won five straight games since then. None of these wins were against the top 100 middleweights, but Quigley’s resume. There is no victory in the book. In July 2019, his toughest opponent to date, 25th place Tureano Johnson, defeated him with a decisive stop in the ninth round.
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