Tariq ready for step up to six rounds

Tariq Quaddus has been tipped to one day fight for the British title by trainer Richard Farnan

Tariq Quaddus has been tipped to one day fight for the British title by trainer Richard Farnan

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

TARIQ Quaddus believes he will be a more dangerous animal over the longer distances as he steps up to six-round fights.

The Swindon-based super-middleweight is set to leave the four-round contests behind when he fights on the undercard of Kelvin Young’s first defence of his IBO inter-continental 168lb title at the Oasis Leisure Centre on June 7.

Having won all three of his fights, all over four rounds, since returning to the sport in March following a five-and-a-half-year hiatus, the 23-year-old is hoping that his thunderous body shots will pay dividends in the later rounds of his contests.

Quaddus, a former junior ABA champion and England international, is set to face Jamie Ambler, the man he made his professional debut against in 2008, next month and he insists that he is more than ready to go the extra distance.

But given the power his fires in when he attacks the body, Quaddus may not need the extra six minutes.

“I put the body shots in straight away, it is second nature,” he said. “I don’t go head hunting.

“If someone has an awkward defence, I just go to the body, they are not going to jiggle their body out of the way.

“It should help me in the later rounds and slow them down, in rounds five, six, seven and eight their head is not going to be moving as much and that is where the body shots in the early rounds will help me out.”

But Quaddus says that a lot of his power is down to his speed and accuracy, something which the referees in his three bouts this year have agreed with, as he has won all 12 rounds.

“Power is nothing without the timing and accuracy, you still have to have the speed there as well,” he said.

“I do my strength work, I do my speed work and that is power. Power is strength and speed, you have to be accurate.”

While Quaddus has only returned to the sport this spring, his proposed opponent Ambler has had 39 bouts since then, which also includes a points defeat to Young in 2009.

“He has stayed really busy, but I looked at his most recent fights and he still has that same style from six years ago, I will be on the front foot and be patient,” Quaddus said.

“He leans back on the ropes square on and he will pay for that, if you do that against a come forward fighter you will be taking a few shot.

“He makes it look comfortable because he is tall and lean out of the way, but if you bring his hands down with the body shots then take one up top afterwards that is how you are going to knock him out.”

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