Tariq Abdul Haqq wept at the presentation of his Commonwealth Games medal and walked away from boxing after warfare two world heavyweight champions.
As the ultimate man to convey a boxing silver medal lower back to his domestic us of a in 2010, Haqq have to be revered in Trinidad and Tobago, however a descent into non secular extremism has tarnished his ring career. Haqq headed to Syria to battle for Islamic State 4 years later – and would be killed in 2015.
Trinidad and Tobago has seeing that observed a new super-heavyweight contender in the towering shape of Nigel Paul, an expectant entrant in the Tokyo Games, however he is not going to fit the exploits of Haqq, a former opponent for Britain’s Olympic 2012 star, Anthony Joshua.
“To stand in there with Anthony Joshua and exhibit a desirable account of himself,” recalled Haqq’s country wide coach, Reynold Cox. “I assume if Tariq had continued, he would likely be doing genuinely nicely over the subsequent few years.”
As a standout amateur, Haqq had given his kingdom fleeting success in the sport, main to a worrying first spherical combat with Joshua at the World Championships in 2011. And solely months earlier, he had delivered a humbling defeat to New Zealand’s highly-rated youngster, Joseph Parker.
A brain for fight sports activities may want to be traced lower back to Haqq’s teenage years when he was once hailed in a nearby newspaper as a ‘schoolboy gladiator’, having competed in Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo and boxing, whilst additionally reading to come to be a lawyer.
“When I am no longer at faculty or training, I simply like to consume and sleep,” Haqq informed The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.
“This would possibly sound atypical for any one my age, however my buddies are very supportive in what I do. I additionally trust all people has positive alternatives to make and I pick out to do these matters proper now.”
Haqq’s aunt was once an attorney-at-law, however his father Yaqub was once a boxing coach, and training was once set apart whilst he channelled his aggression fully into sport. At 6ft1in tall, he was once now not a in particular imposing fighter, though the teenage country wide champion had caught the eye with a string of magnificent wins, consisting of a 45-second knockout of a touring Puerto Rican.
On his senior debut in 2009, Haqq acquired a harsh tutorial from Erislandy Savon, an executed Cuban who inflicted a second-round stoppage loss, and would push Joshua to the brink of early removal in the course of a razor-thin factors loss at the London Games.
Undeterred, Haqq secured his region on the Trinidad and Tobago group for the Commonwealth Games and would some distance exceed expectations in Delhi.