Jason Quigley bids for fourth win in a row

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Jason Quigley in action in Los Angeles tonight
Jason Quigley in action in Los Angeles tonight

Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley bids for his fourth win since turning professional when he fights tonight in the US.

Quigley, who won a silver medal at the World amateur boxing championships in 2013, faces Lanny Dardar  at The Belasco Theatre outside Los Angeles.

A native of Louisiana, 27 year old Dardar has a mixed record in the pro ranks. He's had just six fight but has lost two of his last three.

This is Quigley's fourth outing in the professional ranks following last year’s wins over Howard Reece, Fernando Najera and Greg McCoy, which were all recorded inside the distance. The Irishman ought to maintain his one hundred percent record tonight.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Andy Lee's first defence of his WBO world middleweight title on April 11th in Brooklyn, USA will be shown 'free to air' on the American national television network NBC.

In a significant development Haymon Boxing - which is promoting the Lee fight - are believed to have paid NBC 20 million dollars to televise 24 shows this year.

The move is seen as a bold bid to halt the decline in the sport's popularity.

Essentially it means that fights will be shown free of charge on national TV and if successful could spell trouble for the traditional 'pay per view' model used in professional boxing for nearly a quarter of a century

Interestingly Barry McGuigan is bidding to develop a similar model on this side of the Atlantic with Carl Frampton. His title fight last weekend in Belfast was shown on ITV and McGuigan wants his next bout against Scott Quigg on the station as well.