COMMONWEALTH games gold medallist Jamie Arthur is once again on the comeback trail, with his eyes on an in-ring return in 2014, writes Michael Pearlman.
The Argus can reveal that the 34-year, who hasn’t fought professionally since 2012, is planning to return to the ring, the second time he’ll have made a comeback after a lengthy absence.
Arthur was inactive between 2005 and 2008 before returning and his decision was vindicated when he captured the super bantamweight Commonwealth title in 2010.
However, successive defeats to Jason Booth and Scott Quigg in 2012 saw him again hang up his gloves, before his recent change of heart.
Arthur, now a trainer with his own gym in Pontypridd, has been presiding over the career of Newbridge puncher Bradley Pryce and has seemingly rediscovered the boxing bug.
Writing on social media website Facebook, Arthur underlined exactly why he feels the time is right for a comeback.
“Early next year I'll be coming out of retirement and boxing again, a few people have asked why bother,” he wrote.
“You don't need money, why do you want to put yourself through all the training and dieting again? What if you get hurt or fail what you going to do then?
“I don't need money, I enjoy life, have brilliant friends and family around me but the reason that I want to box again is because I love living life to the full and challenging myself, if I stop challenging myself and give up on my dreams I may as well go and lay in a corner and die.”
Arthur is hopeful his return can inspire others.
“The moral of the story is, if you’re going to do something, do it to the best if your ability, if you believe in something then chase it with all of your heart, you will fail, you will get hurt, people will tell you to give up and that you can't do what you set out to do.
“After failure comes success, after the pain something else will take its place, if you quit however, failure will last a life time!
“Do today what you want to see tomorrow, don't give up on your dreams and enjoy what you do, that's how you create a legacy and legacies last a life time.
“Enjoy your life.”