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Tariq Abdul Haqq wept at the presentation of his Commonwealth Online games medal and walked absent from boxing immediately after preventing two globe heavyweight champions.

As the last gentleman to convey a boxing silver medal back again to his dwelling state in 2010, Haqq really should be revered in Trinidad and Tobago, but a descent into religious extremism has tarnished his ring profession. Haqq headed to Syria to fight for Islamic Point out 4 several years later on – and would be killed in 2015.

Trinidad and Tobago has because discovered a new super-heavyweight contender in the towering kind of Nigel Paul, an expectant entrant in the Tokyo Online games, but he is not likely to match the exploits of Haqq, a previous opponent for Britain’s Olympic 2012 star, Anthony Joshua.

“To stand in there with Anthony Joshua and display a great account of himself,” recalled Haqq’s nationwide mentor, Reynold Cox. “I think if Tariq had ongoing, he would in all probability be undertaking genuinely properly in excess of the upcoming few several years.”

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As a standout newbie, Haqq had provided his nation fleeting good results in the sport, leading to a tense initial round fight with Joshua at the Earth Championships in 2011. And only months before, he had delivered a humbling defeat to New Zealand’s highly-rated youngster, Joseph Parker.

A expertise for combat sporting activities could be traced back again to Haqq’s teenage several years when he was hailed in a community newspaper as a ‘schoolboy gladiator’, having competed in Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, taekwondo and boxing, though also finding out to become a attorney.

“When I am not at university or training, I just like to eat and rest,” Haqq explained to The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

“This could possibly seem strange for a person my age, but my friends are really supportive in what I do. I also believe every person has sure options to make and I select to do these issues right now.”

Haqq’s aunt was an legal professional-at-regulation, but his father Yaqub was a boxing mentor, and training was set aside though he channelled his aggression entirely into sport. At 6ft1in tall, he was not a notably imposing fighter, despite the fact that the teenage nationwide winner had caught the eye with a string of impressive wins, which include a 45-second knockout of a browsing Puerto Rican.

On his senior debut in 2009, Haqq acquired a harsh tutorial from Erislandy Savon, an accomplished Cuban who inflicted a second-round stoppage decline, and would force Joshua to the brink of early elimination in the course of a razor-thin details decline at the London Online games.

Undeterred, Haqq secured his location on the Trinidad and Tobago group for the Commonwealth Online games and would far exceed expectations in Delhi.

Haqq outclassed his opening opponent from Pakistan in a ten-1 victory. Up upcoming was Parker, the Kiwi powerhouse who would later on claim the WBO heavyweight title in the experienced ranks.

“I was there with that fight,” stated Cox, who was now overseeing Haqq’s newbie profession. “It was a genuinely great fight for us – and I think what gained the fight for Tariq is – his willpower. He kept likely at Parker.

“Parker was in all probability dependent on his punching power to gain the bout wherever Haqq genuinely tried to get the details on and made use of genuinely, genuinely great defence. It was a genuinely great bout to check out.”

Haqq’s correct punches were most well-liked by 3 of the 5 judges as he acquired the slenderest of victories immediately after ending the bout tied with Parker at seven-seven.

A slender details gain in excess of Cameroon’s Olympian Blaise Yepmou would then set up a fight versus dwelling favorite Paramjeet Samota for the gold medal.

But the Indian fighter benefited from the few details on provide in the ultimate as he closed out a five-1 victory. Haqq was still crying though the silver medal was draped all-around his neck, quite possibly thanks to disappointment a lot more than satisfaction.

Tariq Abdul Haqq cried on the podium.
Tariq Abdul Haqq cried on the podium.Resource: Getty Visuals

His ultimate fight of take note would arrive versus Joshua. They would be drawn jointly in the initial round of the Earth Newbie Championships and Haqq, hampered by a persistent nose harm, still stood company in the early rounds.

“He was a difficult opponent, and if you search back again at it, AJ was genuinely still fairly significantly a newbie at the time, due to the fact of his late arrival into the match, and then to go into the worlds,” Team GB mentor Paul Walmsley explained to Sky Sports activities when reflecting on the opening fight in Azerbaijan.

“It wasn’t the simplest of bouts to start off with. I’ve obtained a minor inkling that I could possibly have provided him a b*****king to step the tempo up as the bout went on.”

With only a few details separating both fighters, Joshua responded to phrases of urgency and shown the fight-ending power that would later on blaze a route to globe titles in the pro ranks. Haqq was halted in the 3rd and ultimate round. His boxing profession was virtually in excess of.

On his return to Trinidad and Tobago, Haqq grew to become embroiled in a row in excess of funding and dominated himself out of the qualifiers for the London 2012 Online games.

“I sense as if boxing in Trinidad helps make no perception and no a single genuinely cares,” Haqq explained to The Trinidad Guardian.

Tariq Abdul Haqq had real talent.
Tariq Abdul Haqq had actual expertise.Resource: Getty Visuals

Disillusioned with his nation’s regard for the sport, Haqq drifted absent and would only reappear several years later on, in articles and a documentary about recruits for Islamic Point out.

Jürgen Todenhöfer, the initial western journalist to be granted entry to ISIS-managed territory in Syria and Iraq, was taken aback by his assembly with Haqq, who had arrived in December 2014.

“We saw men and women from all in excess of the globe, from Sweden, France, and the United States,” Todenhöfer stated in his documentary ‘Inside IS’.

“There was a dude from the Caribbean. Quite great hunting. Quite charming. Classy, Ray-Ban glasses. And I stated, ‘what are you undertaking right here? What have you accomplished just before?’ He stated, ‘I’m likely to do what ever the caliph (Islamic Point out ruler) is asking’.”

Haqq was between an alarmingly high variety of men who had travelled from Trinidad and Tobago, which had a single of the greatest recruitment prices for Islamic Point out.

He was accompanied by his wife and his sister, Aliya, who discovered how the dying of their father in an accidental capturing had been the catalyst for Tariq to become immersed in religious extremism.

“My brother came dwelling a single day and he stated he was likely to Syria,” she explained to Simon Cottee for Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Cottee has verified to Sky Sports activities that Haqq was killed in 2015, but months before he sustained severe injuries in the course of a bombing in Syria, dropping a single of his hands, the resource of his best expertise.

Haqq’s title is still outlined back again in Trinidad and Tobago, despite the fact that only for his sporting achievements, and mentor Cox is optimistic that Paul, an athletic 6ft4in tall fighter, could also appear on a podium at a major match. The affable 30-yr-outdated manufactured a fleeting visual appeal at the Rio Online games wherever he endured an early exit, but Cox is hopeful that Paul can enhance the region’s standing for boxing.

“Boxing desires great fellas and part versions to really get a lot more men and women included in the sport.

“Paul is a really first rate dude. He’s really great in some cases. It could possibly be a dilemma with him in the true sport. You require to be really vicious in some cases in boxing. You require to be really intense.

“But for currently being a part design for the sport, I think Nigel Paul is a person that we could genuinely use to get the sport a lot more recognized in the state and a lot more preferred.”

This tale originally appeared on Sky Sports activities.