Bantamweight Kash Farooq has signed a multi-fight contract with Matchroom Boxing, a month after a controversial split decision loss to top prospect Lee McGregor.
The 23-year-old Farooq (13-1, 6 KO) was born in Pakistan but is based in Glasgow, and has become a domestic standout at 118 pounds. He won the British title in Sept. 2018, and defended it successfully three times before dropping it while unifying with Commonwealth champion McGregor, an Edinburgh native believed to have a very bright future.
But even in defeat, the showing was genuinely encouraging, and there’s no questioning why Matchroom pursued him quickly.
“(Matchroom promoter) Eddie (Hearn) first contacted my manager about a week-and-a-half after the McGregor fight,” said Farooq. “It was really exciting to hear that Eddie was watching my fight, he thought that I won the fight as well. I’m really excited to be part of the team now and I can’t wait to get started under the Matchroom Boxing banner.”
Farooq spoke a bit more about the McGregor bout, and says it’s time to move on and move forward.
“Going into the McGregor fight, he was always the bigger name, everyone knew who he was down south. I surprised a lot of people with my style. I proved that I’m a threat at the weight. I was really confident going into the fight and I thought I did enough to win. I put on a great performance but it just went the other way. I’ve just got to move on. This is boxing and things like that happen all of the time.
“For me it’s all about moving on, keeping my head up and not letting things like that keep me down. I would love to get the rematch but do I think it’s going to happen in the next fight? No. I would love it down the line somewhere though. Now it’s all about winning and getting better and better every fight. I’m always learning. You only stop learning once you retire. I’ll get better every fight and this is just the start for me. New fans can expect a fan-friendly style from me, a clever style. You’ll see something different, that’s all I can say.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Kash to the team,” said Hearn. “He is a special talent that really impressed me last time out and I believe he has so much potential in the sport. He will be back in a title fight in the spring and I look forward to many exciting fights with him in Scotland and around the world.”