THERE was disappointment for Leamington’s Danny Quartermaine after he missed out on a place at the England Boxing Elite Championship quarter-finals.
Quartermaine travelled up to the Croxteth Leisure Centre in Liverpool on Saturday but lost out to Saeed Yousaif whose jab proved a constant threat throughout the fight.
Yousaif’s holding tactics paid off against Quartermaine who was left frustrated as he lost this pre-quarter final battle but coach Edwin Cleary feels it will be a learning curve for the young boxer.
He said: “Danny sometimes makes it too easy for his opponents just to grab hold of him. We’ve been working on this over the last few months as we see this happening a lot and we can’t always rely on refs.
“Yousaif is a very good boxer in open play but didn’t really want to get mixed up with Danny but he knows he’s been in a fight.
“Danny boxed very well and to his credit considering how frustrated he must have been from constantly being held, he gave it his all.
“His strengths and fitness from start to finish were fantastic and like most elite fights there was not much between them.”
“Danny is now firmly up there with the top elite senior boxers and now needs to push on. At only 18 he was one of the youngest in the championship and training alongside the best will spur him on.”