TARIQ Quaddus says that training with the Great Britain amateur boxers has given him an extra buzz for the sport.
The Swindon-based light-heavyweight has been up at the Institute of Sport as he prepares for his next fight on April 26 in Gloucester.
While in Sheffield Quaddus got time to take advice from former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion Carl Froch’s trainer Rob McCracken as well as the Cobra himself.
And it is his time in south Yorkshire that has got the 23-year-old believing the experience will help him when he steps through the ropes at the GL1 Leisure Centre for his second outing under the KM Promotions banner.
“It was a brilliant experience,” he said. “It is such as great environment to be in. One minute your are talking to Rob McCracken, then the next minute Richie Woodhall walks in and then Carl Froch arrives.
“Carl is obviously there training for his big fight and the GB boys are there preparing for the ABAs.
“There is so much knowledge there it is hard not to learn anything.”
During the two days spent in Sheffield, Quaddus, who is yet to discover who his opponent in Gloucester will be, says that he was able to work on his defences.
“The GB boys are very sharp, they spar in bigger rings so you need to have a tight guard - not take silly shots,” he said.
“You have to stay focused and be more patient. (Trainer Richard Farnan) was happy with how it went.
“After the first day, he told me just to go back and do more of the same, stay nice and relaxed, don’t take silly shots and make sure that I keep my guard nice and tight.”
With his return to the squared circle gathering pace, this will be Quaddus’ second outing in 2014, the first being a points success over Christian Gomez in March, after a five-and-a-half year hiatus, the fighter says that he is feeling fit for his Gloucester battle.
“You can’t worry about not knowing who your opponent is at this stage,” Quaddus said. “You have to to focus on your own work.
“I did a bit of sparring last weekend when I went back to Peterborough, but now it is all about sharpening up.
“When we find out who the opponent is going to be then we can make some adjustments with height and range on the pads.”