Scottish Daily Mail

FAROOQ: DOCTOR TOLD ME TO QUIT

- By SEAN VINCENT

KASH FAROOQ has revealed that he took the shock decision to retire from boxing on medical grounds. It was announced on Thursday that the highly regarded bantamweig­ht had hung up his gloves at the age of 26 due to ‘unforeseen circumstan­ces’. But now the Glasgow-based fighter (right) has admitted he heeded the advice of doctors after his yearly medical was deemed unsatisfac­tory. Former British champion Farooq had been tipped to challenge for world honours and had been set for a mouth-watering rematch with Lee McGregor after losing his Lonsdale belt to his fellow Scot in November 2019. In a statement explaining why he had to retire, Farooq said: ‘Boxing has been my life since I was 14 years old. I have studied, dedicated, sacrificed myself to improve my quality of life and that of my family’s, enduring many hardships along the way, from boxing on small-hall shows behind closed doors and not being able to sell a ticket to my name, to competing at the pinnacle of boxing, fighting on Sky/DAZN with the biggest promoter in the world. ‘My immediate leave comes due to my yearly medicals not being satisfacto­ry for the British Board of Control with stricter regulation­s in place. ‘I had a meeting with a doctor who advised me to take an exit from boxing with my full health intact, regardless if I wanted to carry on fighting and prove myself to be the best in the division. ‘It would be selfish of me to put myself in danger. Therefore, my trainer Craig [Dickson] and manager Iain Wilson have instructed me to heed the advice from medical profession­als. ‘This is still a shock for me, as it would be for many others. I am a young athlete who had plenty to offer with unspeakabl­e potential and talent.’ Farooq won 16 of his 17 bouts in pro boxing and claimed the WBC Internatio­nal belt in his last and final outing against Luis Castillo last August. Farooq will now become St Andrew’s Sporting Club’s head of talent. He added: ‘Whilst the decision has been difficult, I look forward to joining the team at St Andrew’s Sporting Club and adjusting to life outside the ring and venturing into new opportunit­ies.’

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