Knightswood boxer Kash Farooq was close to quitting the sport last year before his famous fight with Scott Allan, writes Adam Thomas.

But in the space of a little over a year he’s gone from obscurity and humble beginnings, working part-time in Subway to pay the bills.

The St Andrew’s Sporting Club boxer was only three fights into his professional career when he faced Scott Allan last January.

It was a fight that would propel him to a shot at the British bantamweight belt in April when he takes on current champion Josh Wale in Doncaster on April 13.

But Farooq was ready to chuck it all in before his televised fight with Allan, and revealed the build-up and the drama brought back his love for the sport.

“I said to myself, ‘Is it worth doing anymore?’” He said.

“My career wasn’t going too well, but my mum was there and she said to me, ‘Don’t quit yet, you’ve come this far’ but I stuck on with it, and now I’m not far off a British title fight.

“It brought my buzz back for boxing, and I really did want all this.

“Scott gave me a good opportunity. He was the right opponent for me at the time.

“He gave me more publicity, and if he wasn’t that much of a trash talker I would never have got that publicity.

“He built the fight up. Everybody wanted me to beat him up, and it was brilliant.

“Sometimes you need that for a fight.

“There’s always a good guy or a bad guy, you’re always going to get that.

“Like with Josh Taylor and Ohara Davis, it makes it a good fight.”

Scottish boxing star Taylor is taking on Humberto Soto at the Hydro next month in one of Scotland’s biggest fights in years.

With a lot of up and coming Scottish talent coming through on the show, as well as the boxing scene beginning to flourish with more and more Scots fighters challenging for belts, Farooq is hoping to emulate the Prestonpans boxer’s achievements.

He added: “I’m hoping if I can win this title I can do the same one day, but my mindset is just on bringing this title back with me.

“You need people like Taylor to bring the big nights back. You don’t know how long Ricky Burns has got left and you need Josh Taylor to bring the big nights back.

“There’s a lot of fighters coming through on his undercard. The last three or four years Ricky Burns has been holding onto it.

“But he’s near the end of his career, he’s got one or two years left in his career.

“Josh Taylor is just beginning his career and for us fighters it’s brilliant. We fighters get to showcase our ability on nights like that.”

But first he has the tough task of defeating the British champion Wale.

Farooq went down to Sheffield earlier this month to see the Barnsley fighter defeat Bobby Jenkinson to defend his title for a second time.

It won’t be an easy task, but Farooq reckons after taking a closer look at his opponent he can come out on top. He said: “I sized him up. It was good to see him fight. My manager was keen to see it.

“Bobby Jenkinson was a good fighter but he doesn’t have the same fighting style as me, and he’s nowhere near me skill-wise.

“Josh Wale was taking a lot of punches though, a lot more than he should have, and he held back till about the eighth round, but even then he was taking a lot of punches. It was a close fight.

“One hundred per cent I think I can win. My manager wouldn’t be taking the fight at this stage if he wasn’t confident in me.

“I’m dedicate myself to this and I’m hoping to do the job in Doncaster.”

There’s also the fact that this will be Farooq’s first test being the visiting fighter, walking into the lions den.

And the 22-year-old shrugged off any fears that being two inches smaller than Wale will give him any sort of advantage in the bout.

He added: “He’s two inches taller than me, but I like that.

“All my life, my trainers taught me to box like a wee guy. I’ve never been coached to box like a big guy. When it comes to taller guys I know how to fight them.

“Of course you will have different scenery and there will be a bit of nerves, but once the bell goes that’s all out the window and it’s just you or him.

“On paper he [Scott Allan] should have walked through me, but I went and did the job.

“The second time I stopped him, I’m improving all the time and I’ll be ready for Josh Wale.”

If Farooq does win the contest, he will be the first British bantamweight champion from Scotland since Drew Docherty beat Joe Kelly 25 years ago.

But the Scottish scene is brimming with talent right now. Dundee’s Jamie Wilson’s record sits at 12-2, and Iain Butcher, a former WBO European flyweight champion, has made the move into the bantamweight division.

And Kash’s old friend and sparring partner Lee McGregor has been signed up by Northern Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions, and also manages Taylor.

“It’s booming right now, if I can win that there’s potential fights with them,” Farooq continued.

“We were really good friends as amateurs, we did a few trips together with Scotland. He’s a good fighter and he’ll have a good career.

“We came through at the same time, we’re the same age and we did the same tournaments.

“Lee is my good friend and it’d be good to fight him. I’m focussed 100 per cent on my fight here though.”

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for Farooq’s fight on April 13, either contact Kash directly or contact St Andrew’s Sporting Club on 0141 810 5700 or via email at: Tickets are priced at £40, £75 or £100.

Farooq thanked his new sponsor Michael Goldie at Portal Security, whose support has allowed the boxer move to full-time training.

The boxer also thanked Wokstar, Castle Removals, Big Licks and Sweet Science Apparel for their support.