The amateur World Championship finalist, Jason Quigley, has turned professional and has signed with former boxer, Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions stable. 

Quigley, 22, won a gold medal at last year's amateur European Championships and then went on to become the runner up in Kazakhstan at the World Championships. He was the first Irishman to fight for a gold at this event.

The middleweight fighter who hails from Donegal is excited to make the switch. 

I'm really, really excited," Quigley told Sky Sports. "I've been contemplating whether to make this move or not, but I've gone with this feeling in my heart that I have the excitement and hunger to go on and fulfil my childhood dreams of becoming a world professional champion."

This decision will now rule him out of the Olympics in Rio in 2016 which will dampen medal prospects for Ireland as he was considered a gold medal contender. 

However, the move will see Quigley join one of the high profile firms in the USA - Golden Boy. This firm, founded by the famous Mexican boxer also represents Marcos Maidana and the current WBA light-heavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins. 

The signs were there that the fighter would be moving away from the amateur events and into the professional ring. In February, he refused to defend the Irish Senior Championships.

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