Swindon-based boxers Quaddus wins his second comeback fight

Tariq Quaddus lays one on Keiron Gray in their bout at the GL1 Leisure Centre

Tariq Quaddus lays one on Keiron Gray in their bout at the GL1 Leisure Centre

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

TARIQ Quaddus put in a superb display against Kieron Gray to claim a second successive shut-out points victory on his comeback.

The Swindon-based light-heavyweight, making his second outing under trainer Richard Farnan, shone at the GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester on Saturday night.

And now the 23-year-old is set to return to action on May 10 in his hometown Peterborough against the man who he faced on his professional debut - Jamie Ambler.

“We know all about Jamie,” Farnan said. “He is durable, he has gone the distance with Paul Smith (British super-middleweight champion) and (former British 168lbs title-holder) Tony Dodson.

“So we know that we need to make sure that we work the jab again and keep the defence tight.”

Quaddus came in against Gray a trim 174lbs, and while Farnan would like to see his charge remain at light-heavy he admits that he could drop down to super-middleweight, the division where Penhill’s Kelvin Young is the current IBO intercontinental champion.

“The weight came off naturally,” Farnan said.

“I think there is a quicker route to titles in the light-heavyweight division - the super-middle is quite congested.

“But we will just see how it goes, he is training hard, eating properly and if he naturally goes down to that weight then that is where we will go.”

Against Gray, Farnan was delighted to see how much his fighter had come on since his victory over Christian Gomez in March.

The trainer said that he was surprised how quickly the Telford man went into his shell allowing Quaddus to get off four and five shot combinations.

“Kieron usually starts fast, has a go, but he retreated quickly,” Farnan said.

“Tariq was able to get his combinations off, step back and then go again - he was superb.

“I don’t think he took a shot either.

“When Gray did throw he was wild, but Tariq either blocked, slipped or rolled the shots.

“That was his second fight with me and he hasn’t dropped a round - I’m very happy.”

Prior to his fight in March, Quaddus had not been between the ropes for five-and-a-half years and Farnan though that he looked a completely different man at the weekend.

“He was much more relaxed,” he said. “Before the Gomez fight he was nervous, pacing around the changing room, but on Saturday, the adrenaline was there, you could see there wasn’t that nervousness about him.”

Meanwhile, Swindon’s Joe Beeden suffered an eight-round points loss to the unbeaten John Quigley for the British Masters Bronze super-featherweight title at the Greenbank Sports Centre in Liverpool.

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