LEWIS Williams enhanced is reputation as one the brightest young prospects in the country after being crowned the new heavywight champion at the prestigious New Haringey Box Cup in London.
The Leamington boxer followed in the footsteps of current British heavyweight star Anthony Joshua by coming away from Europe’s largest amateur championships with top marks after defeating Peterborough’s Artur Tomasevic.
Both fighters went astraight into the final because of their unique size and despite Tomasevic being very strong, Williams’ class eventually shone through.
Williams looked one one step ahead of his opponent in the first round, while in the second Tomasevic tried his best to get back into the fight but he was foiled by a left-right combination which bleeded Tomasevic’s nose.
A standing count to secure a comfortable unanimous decision followed and which ended Tomasevic’s unbeaten record in ten fights.
“A big pat on the back for Lewis as he went into the finals carrying an injury to his back,” said coach Edwin Cleary. “But this was the finals and no injury was going to stop Lewis from competing.
“I was ringside for the fight and I kept shouting to him, ‘keep it up, people are watching let’s turn on the style’. I don’t want to knock his opponent because I was a good kid but Lewis was just levels above him.
“At the end Lewis was happy and he got a few pats on the back. It’s another gold medal for him and I can’t see him losing.
“For a big guy he’s had a busy season but I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the rign against anyone. If someone phoned up I’d take any fight.”
There was to be no such luck for fellow Clearys’ boxer Danny Quartermaine who was pitched up against Irish international and previous winner Gary McKenna who proved too much for the Leamington fighter.
Quartermaine lost out on a split decision having thought he had done enough to win the fight and Cleary feels the 18-year-old had been hard done by.
He added: “It was very hard on Danny because we thought he had done enough to win. This season has really been a ‘find your feet’ season for Danny.
“Danny boxed fantastically well so he was a bit upset aftwards but he’s not looking out of place.
“He’s gone in against one of the top fighters in Europe to it’s a hard defeat to take, but in time for next season all of this experience will benefit Danny as he pushes on to be one of the best.
“What’s best for Danny now is for him to work alongside the England team because he needs to be sparring and training with the best.
Both Williams and Quartermaine will now change their focus to England duty with both boxers expected to attend training camps later this summer and Williams has been promised some international experience before the end of the year.