PROMISING Port boxer Grant Quigley has been forced to put his career on hold after a series of fight call-offs.

The talented 22-year-old light heavyweight should have been in action tonight in Edinburgh for the Scottish title.

But his team were forced to pull him out of the bout with former amateur opponent Tommy Philbin after his preparations were badly hampered by a series of cancellations.

The Port Glasgow Victoria Boxing Club fighter hasn’t fought since his victory in Greenock Town Hall in October and three scheduled title warm-up fights have all been called off at the last minute.

His long-time coach Kenny Crighton says it’s left him and the highly-rated fighter deflated and with the boxing season just about over, Grant is taking a break from the sport.

Kenny said: “The last time he fought was last October in the town hall and the boy needs to fight, he can’t go from not fighting to a 10-round, championship fight.

“The Scottish title fight had to be knocked on the head.

“Grant’s now taking a rest out of the game just now and the season is just about finished now anyway, there’s only one or two shows left.

“You can understand because that’s three or four times now he’s been training hard and people have pulled out of fights and it affects you.

“It’s not good preparation.”

Grant is undefeated in his six professional fights to date and his record includes three knockouts.

His team reckon his impressive form since turning pro two years ago might have something to do with the cancellations.

Coach Kenny said: “I don’t know, maybe they do their research, watch YouTube videos and said no.

“Some are taking the fights then do their homework and don’t like it.

“That’s what I think.

“It’s been very disappointing.”

In another cruel twist of fate, Grant’s older brother James has also been ruled out of action due to injury.

The 30-year-old cruiserweight was also due back in action to build on his unbeaten 3-0 professional record.

But a mouth abscess has put paid to his hopes of fighting before the end of the season.

The pair are expected to return to the ring later this year when the new campaign gets underway but there are no fights confirmed as yet.

Grant would like to thank sponsors Nu-Image Windows and Doors, Gage Ecosse Joinery and Falcon Scaffolding for their continued support.