Tariq Quaddus says he won’t be fighting again - unless he gets a sponsor.
Quaddus has climbed up to No 14 in the British light-heavyweight rankings after putting together seven straight wins since returning to the ring last year.
He’s been out of action since a points win over Gilson de Jesus in Swindon in February and has decided to put his family first.
“I’ve had a lot of time off work to train for fights and it was costing me so much money,” said the 25 year old from Peterborough.
“My job is commission based (Quaddus works as a double glazing salesman), so when I don’t work I don’t have any money coming in because I was fighting for free.
“I was selling tickets to cover my opponent’s purse and wasn’t left with anything for myself.
“I have a wife and son and I can’t let them go without because I want to box.
“If I lived at home with my parents and had no responsibilities, I would carry on boxing, but that’s not the case.
“I’ve been boxing since I was 10 years old and it’s been a big part of my life, but I can’t work all these hours and still box.
“This isn’t a nine-to-five job.
“I do a lot of travelling and the other night I didn’t get in until one o’clock in the morning.
“I just haven’t got the time to do the training I need to do if I’m going to box at eight and 10-round level. Unless I get a sponsor I can’t see me fighting again.”
The plan was for Quaddus to challenge Darryll Williams for the Southern Area super-middleweight title.
The South London powerhouse claimed the vacant title last month with a one-round stoppage of Richard Horton.
Trainer Richard Farnan is convinced Quaddus would take the belt off Williams - if he could prepare for the fight properly.
“Fighting over 10 rounds is no joke,” said Quaddus. “The last few rounds are really tough and you can get badly hurt if you’re not fit.
“I can’t get fit for a 10-round fight by doing a bit of training here and there, while my opponent is training twice a day for six weeks.
“I still do a bit of training now and then, but it’s not enough for me to be able to compete at the level I’m at now.”