Irish boxing hero Jason Quigley’s mum wiped tears from her eyes as she declared “He’s still my golden boy.”
Muriel Quigley watched as Jason’s dream of winning a gold medal at the World Championships disappeared before her eyes.
Muriel was surrounded by family and friends at the Finn Valley Centre to watch Jason go for gold.
But the tough 22 year old had to settle for silver as he was outboxed by Kazakhstan boxer Zhanibek Alimkhanuly.
Speaking immediately after the fight, Muriel told Donegal Daily it was just wasn’t meant to be.
“He gave it his all but it just wasn’t meant to be. He didn’t have luck on his side.
“But I am so proud of him that he got to the final. He may not have won the gold medal but he will always be my golden boy,” she said.
Muriel was surrounded by well-wishers at the sports complex as they tried to cheer on Jason to victory.
Alongside side her was Jason’s two sisters Jade, 14 and Holli, 6.
Muriel revealed how boxing has been Jason’s life since he was only a toddler as he followed in his father Conor’s footsteps inside the ring.
“I remember him getting boxing gloves and headgear for Christmas at a very early age and he would dance around the kitchen declaring himself the winner.
“Conor was always away boxing so the chances were that Jason was always going to give boxing a go,” she said.
Muriel revealed that even from an early age Jason wrote down on pieces of paper how he was one day going to fight for the world championships.
“He is so focused. He only ever wanted to be world champion.
“He is in bed by 11 o’clock every night and he looks after himself so well. He put his whole life into this day.
“But I know Jason will bounce back. He has done remarkably well and he will be a bit disappointed that he didn’t win gold but we’re not disappointed.
“We could not be prouder than we are today,” she said.
Muriel revealed that outside of the ring, she could not ask for a better son.
“I honestly couldn’t say a bad word about him. He doesn’t have much money because he is training full-time but he tries to give money up to the housekeeping.
“His two sisters adore him and he is so good to them.
“I know all mothers love their sons but I can honestly say that Jason has never given us a minute’s bother since he was born.
“He has put everything he has into boxing and he deserves his moment of glory now. We’re all so proud of him,” said Muriel.