Former world champion Andy Lee has revealed he is to take over as Irish middleweight Jason Quigley's trainer.

Donegal native Quigley, who claimed world amateur silver six years ago, won the first 16 fights of his professional career and looked on track for a world title shot until a surprise defeat to 35-year-old Bahamian Tureano Johnson in July.

Sheffield-based trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel that night, with his fighter struggling badly.

Quigley has now decided that Lee, who retired at 33 last year, is the man to take him forward.

Limerick man Lee suffered a similar setback in the 16th fight of his own career - a shock loss to Brian Vera - but bounced back to twice challenge for championship belts, winning the WBO middleweight title in 2014.

Speaking to Off the Ball, Lee confirmed he was helping the 28-year-old prepare for his comeback against an as yet unnamed opponent in December.

"I've been helping Jason and we've been training for a few weeks now," said Lee.

"Obviously, he's coming back from a bad loss, he's got to rebuild and find that hunger again, find that fire which I believe is there.

"He's fighting on 6 December, I believe, in California and I'm going to train him for that fight.

"What he has shown me in the gym is that he's working hard and even within a few weeks, small adjustments are making a huge difference.

"He's very teachable."

Lee is also training Limerick welterweight Paddy Donovan for his professional debut this month.