Melton ABC boxer Josh Quailey targets England squad afteer international debut

Melton boxer Josh Quailey EMN-150527-125523002
Melton boxer Josh Quailey EMN-150527-125523002
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Melton boxer Josh Quailey banished two years of injury woes and capped a sensational return to the ring by making his England debut.

The 28-year-old is targeting a place in the England Development squad after winning silver for his country at the Great Britain Elite Three Nations, in Rotherham, last weekend.

The super heavyweight was picked for the team after reaching the semi-finals of the ABA Elite Championships earlier this month.

The recurrence of an old knee injury and surgery on his shoulder had sidelined Quailey since 2013.

His return to training with coach Trev Booth at Melton Amateur Boxing Club came just late last year, but he returned rejuvenated and hungry.

He said: “We were unsure whether to go in for the ABAs because there are some good lads in there and I was just coming back from two years out, but we decided to just go and see what I could do.

“I was delighted to get to the semi-finals and to then get the England call I was on top of the world.

“It goes to show the work I’ve put in since Christmas has paid off. The whole experience has made me believe in myself more.

“How many people can say they have represented their country in a sport they love? I’m privileged.”

At the ABA Elite Championships Quailey’s route to the final was barred by England’s number two ranked super heavyweight Frazier Clark.

Followign the points loss, the Melton boxer came up against Clark again on Sunday, and this time the referee stopped the bout with just 10 seconds left. But Quailey was much happier with his performance.

He said: “It was a tough, hard fight. Frazier is already in the England squad and is earmarked as a possible for the Olympics.

“My approach for the semi-final was to hit and not get hit so I kept moving, but the England coaches wanted me to hold my ground more and be more aggressive.

“So this time I came to fight and tried to back him up. I hit him with much harder shots, but the fitness told late in the fight and he caught me with some superb combinations.

“Now I’m just waiting to see if I get the call for the England Development squad. Even just being at the (England) camp with the guys in that atmosphere was fantastic.

“It has given me a taste of the next level and that’s definitely where I want to be. I know my weaknesses so it’s just a matter of improving them.”

* Melton ABC’s Power twins were in action at West Bridgford on Saturday.

Callum lost out to T. Pogson (Boston BA) on a split decision after a very close contest, but Jarrad boxed brilliantly, winning every round to cement a unanimous verdict.