Jason Quigley is hoping the huge Irish support expected ringside in New Hampshire on Friday night will spur him on to a famous world title victory.
The Donegal man will be the undoubted underdog when he steps into the ring with world champion Demetrius Andrade for the WBO World Middleweight title at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday November 19.
The fight is live worldwide on DAZN.
Hundreds of Irish fans from around Boston will join a number traveling from Donegal to shout for Quigley.
Quigley (19-1 14 KOs) is in a relaxed but confident mood ahead of the biggest fight of his career.
“It’s going to be very exciting,” said Quigley. “There’s nothing like the Irish fans and I cannot really imagine what it’s going to be like come fight night. We all know how loud and proud they are and that’s giving me more excitement, and these are the types of things as well that can get fighters through a difficult period of a fight.
“When you are in the ring and you are hurt, you go down, something is not going to plan – when you hear the crowd roaring you on that can give you the extra lift and percentage to get you over the line.
“Hopefully it won’t come to that, but I know that the support is going to be there and I’m grateful for the fans that have been messaging me and that are coming to the fight.”
He told ring.tv admits there is more on the line in this fight than any other in his career.
“In the build-up to the fight it’s about controlling emotions, the nervous energy, you have the natural excitement inside of course, but I have a job to do on November 19, to get in there and take care of business.
“That’s been the mindset for me, I have prepared as hard for this fight as any other that I’ve had.
“Of course, there’s more on the line than before, but it has to be business as usual. I have thoughts and visions of winning the belt and I am glad, because that shows that I have the self-belief that I can win this fight.”
Quigley is the second Irishman to try to take the crown from Andrade (30-0 18 KOs) after Luke Keeler was stopped in the ninth round of his attempt in Miami in January 2020.
30-year-old Quigley landed with his team in Boston including pad man Gary McCullagh from Raphoe earlier in the week.
He will be joined on Friday night by many familiar voices at ringside form across Donegal willing him on to do what many think is impossible, a thought that has never entered Quigley’s mind.