LEAMINGTON duo Danny Quartermaine and Lewis Williams have been tipped for medal success after confirming this week that they will be entering the prestigious Haringey Box Cup – Europe’s biggest amateur boxing event.
The three-day event takes place at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace where over 500 male and female boxers will take to the ring looking to replicate the performances of current heavyweight giant Anthony Joshua and fellow Great Britain star Nicola Adams who have tasted success at the competition.
Quartermaine, 18 and Williams, 17 will not find out who they are up against until they arrive on the opening day of competition but coach Edwin Cleary is confident the Leamington pair will bring medals home.
“It’s an exciting tournament with boxers attending from all around Europe,” said Cleary. “It’s a difficult competition to prepare for because you don’t find out who you’ll box until you arrive on the day.
“To win you could box three times over the weekend which is a tough ask. This is an exciting tournament one that Danny and Lewis are well prepared for, but I believe both boys will medal.
“Lewis in my opinion is one of the best young boxers in Europe and on his day he can beat anyone. Danny has already beaten last year’s winner and I think deep down he’ll be the one all of the other boxers in his category will be looking to avoid.
“Danny has beaten a few of the boxers already. I’d put Danny in the withanyone and we have done in the past.”
It has already been an impressive year for both boxers with Quartermaine overcoming the odds to beat favourite Conor Jones and be crowned the Elite Midland ABA Champion back in April.
Heavyweight Williams has been equally as successful after proving too strong for Jack Etches as he successfully defended his Central England Youth Heavyweight.
“We match them up hard for a reason,” Cleary added. “We train them hard to match them up, if you hold them back they don’t learn.
“We have tried to get both boxers in for the last two seasons but now they are both in the top five and I think the organisers are trying to get the competition looking good.
“Danny and Lewis have been training everyday, sometimes twice day, and they’ve done extremely well at major championships that they’ve boxed at before.
“Both lads will have to stay in London for the weekend and we would like to thank club sponsor Eddy Fitzpatrick of Fitzparick Fitters who’s continued to sponsor Clearys gym.”