20th Aug, 2019

INTERVIEW: Quartermaine to put new skills to the test on Saturday night

BOXING: RISING Clearys star Danny Quartermaine hopes his newly found patience in the ring can help him turnover more wins this season.

The 20-year-old will feature in this weekend’s show as Clearys ABC take on the British Army Elite at the Real Tennis Centre in Leamington.

And he hopes a win on Saturday night can provide the ideal start needed for a successful 2017/18 season.

With the ultimate aim being a top step on the national podium, Quartermaine said he’s pleased with his progress in the sport and he was full of praise for coach Edwin Cleary – who has guided him through every step of his career to date.

The former North Leamington School student said: “I first came to Clearys when I was 12. Edwin has coached me since the start, and hopefully he’ll be the only coach I have.

“We laugh every day, coaching wise Edwin is like a second dad. He doesn’t shout, and if you don’t complete a task then it’s your problem – not his.”

One attribute Quartermaine will be looking to put into practice is his ability to ‘box’.

He said: “I feel as though I’ve progressed in the past few years, and coaches have told me that.

“Before I would go out all guns blazing and try to win the fight in the opening round. Now I’m boxing.

“This year I want to keep the wins ticking, it boosts confidence. And training hard comes with that.

“I want to win the nationals too. I’ve fell just short in the last three years.”

With Lewis Williams already training with Team GB and Morgan Ansell jetting off to Paris, the gym is in the middle of a purple patch.

And Quartermaine hopes to take full advantage of this.

He added: “I’ve been to some England camps lately and I’ve been pushing coaches to pick me for an England tournament.

“With Lewis being at Team GB at the moment I have plenty to aim for. Turning professional is something to look at in the future.

“Being in a gym with such high morale helps. Clearys has several fighters linked with England.

“With that you want to push yourself to reach the level others are. Often being spotted is a bit of luck, being in the right place at the right time helps.”

Picture: Shaun Reynolds Photography. 

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