FOR the dilettantes who dabble in boxing as a hobby, retirement from our full-time “day jobs” is a distant land, and one that is moving further and further away under austerity. It’s a place where we will stop to draw breath for what will probably seem like a few moments before old age and infirmity come creeping in.
For boxers, though, retirement happens early, sometimes suddenly. Still relatively young men and women, they are left staring into an abyss of years with their first, defining calling now behind them. In many cases they end up tumbling into a chasm of regrets: ‘Did I make the right decisions? Did I work hard enough? Was I true to myself?’
Scott Quigg, 34-1-2 (25), certainly will not enjoy retirement when it comes calling, he relishes training and fighting too much, but he told Boxing News that he has put measures into place to ensure that he does not look back wistfully on his career once it is over.