Bantamweight boxer Kash Farooq has left supporters shocked by suddenly announcing his retirement, aged just 26. The fighter won 16 of his 17 professional fights.
Farooq‘s last fight came in August 2021, defeating Luis Gerardo Castillo on points as part of Matchroom’s Fight Camp series.
“It will come as a shock but due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to announce that Kash Farooq is hanging up his gloves and retiring from professional boxing,” read a statement released by St. Andrew’s Sporting Club on Friday.
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotion company, to whom Farooq had been signed, extended their well wishes to the 26-year-old.
“Our well wishes are with Kash Farooq who has unfortunately had to retire due to unforeseen circumstances,” a company spokesperson said. “No doubt was destined for World honours. A brilliant fighter and top man.”
Farooq will now take a role as Head of Talent at St. Andrew’s Sporting Club.
“Kash Farooq has always been an integral part of the ‘St Andrew’s Sporting Club’ and that will continue, as we are delighted to announce he will be joining our background team as our ‘Head of Talent’,” the club said.
“He has an invaluable wealth of skill and experience he is ready to pass on to our stable. Although ‘The Untouchable Kash Farooq’ retires from being a boxer, we are excited to begin this new chapter together.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the British Boxing Board of Control and their support on the matter.
“Their procedures offer as a safeguard offering protection and prevention to potential harm, with the health and safety of the boxers being paramount at all times.”