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Fight club Donegal boxer praises 'great help' Tyson Fury but can't comment on Daniel Kinahan

"It's something I'd rather not comment on," he stresses. " It's part of boxing now and I don't know the full story or the full details behind things, just what I might read in the papers."

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Jason Quigley with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

Jason Quigley with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

Jason Quigley with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

TOP boxer Jason Quigley has praised Tyson Fury for helping him in his run-up to his recent world title fight, but distanced himself from the heavyweight champion's links to cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.

Fury was pictured last month with feud kingpin Kinahan at a boxing event in Dubai, and previously revealed the gang boss is a trusted advisor.

Donegal man Quigley, who lost against American Demetrius Andrade in November for the WBO middleweight title after suffering a broken jaw, will appear in a Ladbrokes-sponsored TV documentary next week training in Fury's gym in England.

"Tyson lives in Morecambe and that's where he's based the majority of the time," explains Jason, who is shown sparring on canvass branded 'Gypsy King'.

Jason's coach is Limerick man Andy Lee, who became WBO middleweight champion in 2014. Lee is also a cousin of Fury's and one of his coaches.

"I have met Tyson, I have nothing but admiration for Tyson," stresses Jason. "To let me over into his camp. He was very welcoming and giving me bits of advice after training. He's an absolute gentleman and helped me massively."

Quigley (30) was then pressed about Kinahan's links with boxing, particularly through the MTK agency.

"It's something I'd rather not comment on," he stresses. " It's part of boxing now and I don't know the full story or the full details behind things, just what I might read in the papers."

The fighter, who has lost just twice in his 21-fight professional career, used be coached by his boxer dad Conor until at the age of 20, when Jason told his dad he wanted to change coach. Since then, relations have been sour.

"I have seen my father at times and there's times he's blanked me on the street," the Ballybofey man tells us. "There's times then he'll come over. It's all kind of on his terms, if he wants to chat, he'll chat and if he doesn't want to chat, he doesn't chat.

"My father wants to be in touch whenever it suits him," he reflects. "I suppose I never really get a message to say 'how are you keeping as a son?' Usually whenever there is a big fight.

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"I think he holds me to blame for not keeping him as my coach," he points out.

"It sounds selfish, but I had to do what was best for me, my family, my fiancée, our little girl and everything. I had to do what was best for that, and getting out of that environment for me mentally was the best [thing to do]."

Jason adds that because of a strict boxing regime he experienced with his dad from a young age, he never got to enjoy having a proper relationship with his father.

"You never really had that father-son relationship, it was always boxer-coach, there was always tension" he recalls. "Of course there was good times, but there was also very bad times as well."

Jason, who will marry his fiancée April next year, will go back into training again having had plates removed from his jaw two weeks ago.

Jason Quigley: Lift Your Heels airs on Virgin Media Two on Thursday at 10:30pm

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