DANNY Quartermaine has overcome the odds to beat favourite Conor Jones and be crowned the new Elite Midland ABA Champion.
Jones had gone into Saturday’s fight as perhaps the slight favourite having represented Great Britain at youth level but Leamington’s Quartermaine had not read the script in Birmingham.
After dominating the opening round with Jones struggling to adapt to Quartermaine’s constant jab, the young Leamington fighter went on to enjoy a solid second round too which saw the referee deduct Jones a point for holding.
With two rounds firmly in the bank, Quatermaine could be forgiven for sitting back but he did not hold back and pushed on as if his life depended on it to secure another title to his name.
“We know what we’ve got with Danny and his record is second to none,” said coach Edwin Cleary. “He’s had over 40 contests now but it’s not just the amount of fights Danny’s had, it’s who he’s boxed that makes him a very special boxer.
“This year as a senior he’s already boxed three of the top seeds and he’s loved every minute of it. Danny loves to fight the better the opponent as the better he gets he’s a real competitor who hates the loose.
“I think Danny is one of the best lightweights boxers in England and at only 18 he has so much more to give.”
Quartermaine is now preparing to take on the North West champion Yousaif Saeed in Liverpool this Saturday.
A grueling eight-hour round trip to Gateshead did not have any negative affect on Leamington youngster Morgan Answell after she came away from Birtley Boxing Club as the new ABA Junior National Champion (42/44kg).
Morgan was up against last season’s runner-up Jacey Birch (St Mary’s ABC) but that did not face her as she won the bout by a split decision.
The Clearys boxer started the fight strongly as her opponent struggled to get into the fight and her snappy long shots saw her take the opening round.
She picked up where she left off in the second but Birch came back stronger to set up a tense yet thrilling final round with both fighters going toe-to-toe and the round was given the Morgan to claim her first title.