PROMISING young boxer Danny Quartermaine suffered his first amateur defeat against national champion Tony Vincent on Saturday night.
The 17-year-old was beaten on a split decision in Woking against home town favourite Vincent.
Quartermaine, of Leamington-based Cleary’s Boxing Club, tried to work his opponent on the inside but the referee seemed to be allowing the teenager to be held for long periods which disrupted his pattern.
“Going into the ‘lions den’ against the home town favourite was a big risk.” said trainer Edwin Cleary.
“But at times it seemed as though Danny was fighting the ref. Losing his record is only going to make Danny work harder over Christmas.
“As we say ‘Cleary’s build fighter not records.”
The two young boxers will go head-to-head again in the near future to compete in the Elite Championship in Febuary where both are expected to reach the last eight.
Elsewhere, there was better news for Jacob Finch who beat Woking’s Thomas Rooney on the same night.
Finch produced an outstanding performance and picked his punches well in the opening round before the fight was ended in the second when Rooney was forced into a standing count following a left hook and right-hand combination.
Cleary added: “There’s a buzz around the gym at the moment. All the boxers can’t wait to fight.
“They train six days a week and want to learn. We have high hopes for Jake (Finch) and we believe he has a very good chance of winning the novices championships next season.”