THE OWNER of Leamington-based Clearys Amatuer Boxing Club has praised the new generation of boxers coming into the ring at the club’s annual awards.
Clearys continues to go from strength to strength and it has been another successful year for the club which hosts novices to elite boxers.
The club now has five age groups starting from primary school and in recent months its first female boxer, Morgan Ansell, excelled during her time with the flag squads and the 13-year-old has been invited to train alongside the England team as they prepare for the European championships.
Reflecting back on the season, Edwin Cleary said: “It’s the end of another fantastic season
“Over the last couple of years we’ve tried to install professionalism, dedication and life-style into all at Clearys and it’s starting to pay off.
“This group of boxers know they need to listen. It’s not just about punching, fitness or skills. It’s about living the life of a professional athlete.
“In the past we’ve had some very good fighters that have stumbled at the last hurdle, but this new generation have changed.
They train six days a week, sometimes twice a day, they listen and work hard in and out of the gym.
“There’s a great comradery in the gym. Everyone’s now singing off the same song sheet I can only see great things in the future with this squad.”
Hot prospect Danny Quatermaine was name the club’s best boxer having taken to the ring at the highest possible level.
The teenager won the Elite Central England heavyweight belt and got to the quarter-finals of the National ABA Elite Championships where he battled through illness to reach the last eight.
“We’ve given the best boxer to Danny Quatermaine in only his third season because he is now competing and beating some of the best youth boxers in the world.
Last season the highlight for me was his fight with European gold medalist Ryan garnerand. He pushed him all the way and with a broken noise.
“Danny still got loads to learn and at only 18 only really a novice has time on his side which makes him a frightening prospect.”
The most improved of the year went to Jake Finch in his first full season at the club, while the Boxers’ Boxer award was won by Mike Cole.
Cleary added: “Jake reminds me a lot of Danny Quatermaine. He’s improving all the time and he’s prepared to fight anyone when ever asked.
“Jake has turned heads this season, sparring with some very good and much more experienced guys but he’s excelled and I believe he will push Danny and lewis Williams this coming season.
“Mike has always been there to give a helping hand or advice to any of the youngsters and as a bit of joker he keeps the moral up and everyone laughing.
“Mike at this moment is looking over a pro contract. A decision will be made very soon so watch this space.”