Quartermaine has all the Wright moves to reach quarter-finals
North Leamington School pupil Danny Quartermaine moved into the quarter-finals of the England Boxing Youth Championships with a superb victory over Higherside’s Joshua Rooney Wright.
Fighting in Croxteth, Liverpool, Quartermaine knew he was going to have to produce an accomplished performance to defeat Wright in his own backyard.
And, he did just that, adjusting his tactics to pin down the elusive six-footer.
Wright was constantly on the move, using his longer reach to keep the Cleary’s ABC boxer out of range.
Quartermaine came forward relentlessly, but was often punching thin air as Wright bobbed and weaved to good effect. However, Quartermaine’s persistence eventually paid off as he cut off the ring to pin down his opponent.
Quartermaine’s stamina came into play in a sensational final round which saw Wright caught with a succession of clean shots, prompting the judges to award the Cleary’s ABC fighter an unanimous decision.
Quartermaine labelled the victory the worst performance of his run to the quarter-finals, but Cleary’s ABC coach Edwin Cleary said his charge was being too hard on himself.
“I told him he tired a little but you’re not going to be a world champion overnight.
“Chasing a really tall lad with great movement will do that to a fighter.
“But what was great was his persistence and how he adapted to his opponent as the fight went on.
“We were told last week from several coaches that it’s very hard to beat a Liverpool fighter in Liverpool, saying things like you have to knock them out to get a draw.
“So Dan should take heart from this. Only he could have beaten Wright. He would have outboxed the other lads (in the draw).”
Quartermaine now goes on to face Khaleel Majid from Bolton-based Halliwell ABC in the last eight in Stoke on Sunday.