LEAMINGTON’S Lewis Williams was denied the chance to guarantee his first major medal on his debut in the World Boxing Championships in Serbia.
The Cleary’s Gym fighter bowed out in the heavyweight quarter-finals in Belgrade having won four bouts.
The 22-year-old, part of the GB Boxing training squad and representing England, faced Uzbekistan’s Madiyar Saidrakhimov in the last eight but he was unable to get the better of his opponent as he lost via unanimous decision.
Williams had won his last-16 encounter with a well-earned victory against Ukraine’s Robert Marton. It was a tightly contested battle and the Englishman had to recover from a points deduction to progress.
Williams had been in convincing and impressive form in the previous round to get the better Indrit Laci, of Albania, via a unanimous points decision.
He had opened against Azerbaijan’s Rauf Rahimov and comfortably eased to a unanimous points victory.
Cruiserweight Conner Tudsbury also suffered quarter-final defeat, meaning all nine members of the GB Boxing team have been knocked out of the tournament. Officials say all nine boxers will have gained valuable experience alongside some of the top names in amateur boxing.