Jamie Arthur will come out of retirement for the third time in 2014 and he’s targeting the British title. 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. Arthur had dropped Quigg early in the fight but Quigg rallied back and hurt Arthur to the body in round seven which prompted referee Mark Green to halt the contest which many observers thought was premature. Quigg has since risen to world level. 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’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.” 12 years after his career high of winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 in Manchester, Arthur’s coming back from his third retirement and it may be met with skepticism but he won’t let it stop him. 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.” As a professional, Arthur won the Welsh and Commonwealth titles and when he last hung up the gloves he concentrated on setting up and running his own boxing club and he believes that move will benefit him when he returns. He said, “The difference is I’m not someone who’s been away from boxing and had to work on a building site or in an office, fortunately because I’ve got my boxing gym it enables me to look at boxing from a different perspective, I’m coaching the right things to do now and sometimes you neglect that when you’re a boxer because you’re so tunnel visioned. I’ve still been training four times a week when I’ve been ‘away’ from boxing and that’ll massively benefit me when I return. “I was getting better as I was getting older, I was learning what I’m coaching now. It wasn’t anyone else coaching me that, it was a case of where I’d been involved in boxing for so long, I’d looked at myself to see what I was doing wrong. All the boys in our gym have been getting better, so that shows it works. If I’d had someone in my corner last time could have really made sure that I stuck to my game plan then I could have done better.” IMAGE BY CIARAN GIBBONS

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