Exclusive: Jason Quigley sets sights on emulating Andy Lee's success

Quigley - 18-1 - has a chance to enter the world title frame with victory over Shane Mosley Jr. on the undercard of Devin Haney's defence against Jorge Linares next weekend.

You could forgive Jason Quigley if he had treated himself to some birthday cake.

Quigley, who turned 30 yesterday, lives a clean lifestyle and can comfortably make the middleweight limit.

He will instead have a slice or two after he locks horns with Shane Mosley Jr, the son of "Sugar" Shane Mosley Sr., on May 29.

The former amateur standout returns to the ring for the first time in 15 months and is eager to showcase his improvements under Andy Lee.

If there is anyone to give him advice on how to become world champion then it's his compatriot Lee.

The southpaw reached the pinnacle of the sport by beating Peter Quillin for the WBO world middleweight championship in 2014.

Quigley, who has won both of his fights under Lee, revealed the daily feedback he receives from his trainer is priceless as he heads into the second phase of his career.

Lee has built himself a strong reputation as one of the smartest minds in boxing, and alongside SugarHill Steward, he guided Tyson Fury back to heavyweight glory last year.

Joseph Parker is the latest fighter to join his ever-growing stable of fighters.

New Zealand's first heavyweight champion defeated Derek Chisora earlier this month via split-decision in a dramatic encounter.

On the undercard was Irish icon Katie Taylor - the current undisputed lightweight champion - who is a good friend of Quigley's.

He believes the "Bray Bomber" is the best Pound for Pound fighter in the world at present and is inspired by her achievements.

"El Animal" hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Irish duo and has his sights set on a battle against WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade but must first come through the son of a legend.

"I know his strengths but I also know his weaknesses. He has good genes with his father being a legend of the game," Quigley exclusively told Planet Sport.

Silver-medalist Jason Quigley in Dublin Airport as the Irish elite boxing squad arrive home from the 2013 AIBA World Elite Men's Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Silver-medalist Jason Quigley in Dublin Airport as the Irish elite boxing squad arrive home from the 2013 AIBA World Elite Men's Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan

"The fight is for the NABO title which is a WBO title so it would put me closer to a world title shot against Demetrius Andrade - that's if he doesn't fight Canelo Alvarez. I would love that fight.

"It would be a great fight between those two and on a personal note I'd rather it didn't happen as I want my chance to become world champion.

"After next weekend, I'd love to set up a fight against Andrade or even Jaime Munguia after his next fight.

"It's tough to say," Quigley added when asked about who the best fighter in the world is at 160-pounds.

"You would probably have to say Gennadiy Golovkin is the best in the division because of his record and what he has achieved but Andrade, Jermall Charlo and Munguia are also there - it's the division to be in."

Everyone will watch De La Hoya comeback

His promoter Oscar De La Hoya is plotting a sensational comeback to the ring after being inspired by heavyweight legend Mike Tyson.

The former six-division king, who was expected to return on Independence weekend, will lace the gloves up in September, according to sources.

While some have raised their concerns, Quigley believes the boxing legend is entitled to do whatever he likes.

"It is incredible to fight under Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya. There is no one that has achieved what he has in the game and is then promoting the fights he has.

"Boxing is like a drug. It's hard to walk away from the sport and as long as it's safe then why not?

"Whether you agree with it or not, you will definitely watch it," Quigley added.