RICHARD Farnan is backing Swindon-based super-middleweight Tariq Quaddus to one day become a British champion.
The 23-year-old looks to continue his rise up the ranks on the undercard of Kelvin Young’s first defence of his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental title at the Oasis Leisure Centre on June 7.
Quaddus, having won all three fights since joining forces with Farnan, is set to move up to six rounds next month, with Jamie Ambler a likely opponent, and his trainer is already targeting a title by the end of the year.
“I hope by the end of this year we can get him in some sort of title fight, like a bronze masters, silver, you never know even a Southern Area,” Farnan said.
“But I think that if we aim for a bronze or silver masters by the end of the year it is more than achievable.
“We are not going to rush him too much, he is eager and active, he has had three fights in eight weeks, but we are aware that we might only get one or two more before the summer break.
“We will still be training and should be able to get straight back out in September.”
Quaddus as an amateur won the Eastern Counties title and in 2005 received national acclaim when winning a Golden Gloves final.
Later that year he was a junior ABA champion and boxed for England, claiming a silver medal at the Four Nations Championships.
Then, during his final year in the vest and headguard, Quaddus went out on a high, claiming another ABA title and winning Four Nations gold before turning pro under Frank Warren in 2008.
But now after a five-and-a-half-year hiatus, Quaddus, under Greenbridge manager Keith Mayo, could have a Masters title shot on the agenda by the end of 2014.
And Farnan, who also trains Young, believes that the former England international has the potential to claim the British title.
The trainer said: “At this moment in time I think that he can go to British level at least, let’s see what happens after that if he gets there.
“He is improving all the time, he is looking better all the time, who knows how far he can go.
“We’d like to aim for the British level and then go from there.
“It has got to be a stage by stage step.
“We have to take the right fights at the right time to get the experience, but I think British is very realistic.”