3:17pm Wednesday 8th January 2014
Jamie Arthur will come out of retirement for the third time in 2014 and he’s targeting the British title.
As revealed in the Argus on December 19, Arthur, now a trainer, is ready to once again rejoin the pro ranks.
The 33-year-old hasn’t fought since he lost out to Scott Quigg February 2012 in what was his third challenge for the British title but he still has the ambition to win the Lonsdale belt that has so far eluded him.
Speaking to BoxingWales.com He said, “I feel like I’m still young and fit enough and I have enough in the tank in order for me to perform how I want to. The comeback date is all down to my ability to get myself in a shape where I feel I’m going to be able to perform where I left off.
“Me and Scott Quigg had a great fight, it was stopped a bit prematurely but I feel like there’s a little bit more left in my tank. He’s gone on to bigger and better things; I’d like to chase the super-bantamweight British title again now.
“At the time you had Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, both great fighters and I was trying to push myself in to a position between them and I had a lot going on. In the preparation for that I opened up a gym, I was training fighters; I had a shop and another business. Now everything has settled down and it’s going in the right direction, I’ve got more time to train and focus back on boxing. The most important thing is doing what I feel I can do before I get too old.”
Arthur is expecting people to be sceptical of another ring return.
He said, “At the end of the day, I don’t do it for the publicity. When I retired last time, people were asking me when I’m going to fight again and I had no intention of fighting again because I had other drives that I wanted to achieve. It was a case of I had other things in life that I wanted to work towards, boxing is not my beginning, middle and end.
“I had other things in my life that took precedence over boxing. I couldn’t lie to people and say when I would box again, if people ask a question I’ll give them an honest answer, hence the reason why I retired. They can give as much cynicism as they want because at the end of the day, if I’ve got a dream then I’ll follow it. I don’t feel embarrassed about it and I don’t get put off if people feel I can’t achieve what I can achieve because I’m the only driver of my ship and I’ll do exactly what I want to do.”
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