England call-up boosts Melton boxer Joshua Quailey for Frazer Clarke test

Josh Quailey will be hoping to make it third time lucky against Frazer Clarke EMN-151125-101157002
Josh Quailey will be hoping to make it third time lucky against Frazer Clarke EMN-151125-101157002
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International amateur boxer Josh Quailey hopes to grab the attention of British team selectors by defeating an Olympic hopeful this weekend.

Quailey faces British number two ranked superheavyweight Frazer Clarke for the third time in a year at Burton-on-Trent tomorrow evening (Friday).

Being part of the British podium squad allows Clarke to train full-time, while Quailey has to juggle his boxing ambitions with the demands of a day job.

After making his England debut at the Great Britain Elite Three Nations, in Rotherham in May, the 28-year-old was invited to an assessment by British team coaches.

Quailey narrowly missed out on his prize, but was invited to a further England assessment where he earned a place in the national development squad.

He said: “The British squad is the one to get on, but I have made the first step on the ladder so I’m really happy.

“It allows me to train in the best facilities and with top coaches so hopefully it’s helping me to improve.”

There is a lot riding on tomorrow evening’s clash in Staffordshire with Clarke hoping to strengthen his Olympic claims, and Quailey eager to show he has GB potential.

But it will have to be a case of the third time lucky for the Melton Amateur Boxing Club man after successive defeats to the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist.

The pair first met in the ABA Elite Championships semi-finals, in May, where Clarke was a points winner on his way to the title.

The Telford boxer’s superior fitness then earned him a late stoppage win in the Three Nations final later the same month.

“It is a massive test,” Quailey added. “I am ranked number three in the country and he is number two.

“I know him pretty well, and I’ve have had eight to nine weeks to prepare so I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in.

“It’s all about staying relaxed, being confident and boxing to the best of my ability.”

Quailey has just returned from a five-day England training camp and has another to look forward to early next month.

After losing valuable years of his career to injury, he is in a hurry to soak up all the knowledge he can.

“I learn all the time,” he said. “My whole mentality has changed now and I’m much more confident.

“I realise how massive fitness is and am taking boxing a lot more seriously.

“I need to make the best of my ability so I’ve cut out all the bad food and the nights out.

“If I win this fight, I’m sure GB will want to have another look at me - you never know what could happen.”