Salisbury ABC man hoping to go all the way in Liverpool

With just two weeks to go until the Senior Elite ABA finals at the Echo Arena, the cream of Merseyside are eying for a place on the biggest stage.

Six bouts in the regional finals take tomorrow (Saturday 16th ) at the Rotunda ABC.

One person who won’t be competing is super-heavyweight Nathan Quarless, who received a bye through to next weekend’s national pre-quarter finals which are being held at Croxteth Sports Centre.

The Salisbury ABC amateur is hoping to make an impact in this year’s competition having fallen short in last year’s competition.

The 20-year-old, who was the first to win England Boxing’s North title a few weeks back, lost to Michael McKay 12 months ago, however, he feels what he has learnt in that time will stand in good stead for the challenge ahead.

“When I’m feeling tired, he pushes me on, he’s been a big part of my life, especially in boxing. He was the one that introduced me to the sport. My cousin Mark O’Brien is another big influence.”

Nathan Quarless lost to Michael McKay (Hook & Jab) last year

“I was only 19 and still a 10-fight novice at the time,” declared Quarless. “It was a close fight which could have gone either way on the day but I think his work-rate edged it for him. I didn’t get hit much and he actually said after the fight he couldn’t hit me.

“It will be different this year; I think I can go all the way and get that title.”

The former Golden Gloves man knows the enormity of succeeding on the national stage.

He said: “It’s life changing. It can open a lot of doors for me and hopefully I can put on some good performances and hopefully win it. I am confident in my ability, especially with the training I’ve had in the club.”

He added: “If I can get to the Echo Arena stage, it would be fantastic. To get that Arena experience would be so good, there’s no better stage domestically at this level. Boxing in front of a few thousand people would be a unique, special occasion for me.

“I’m not going in for experience, I know what these championships are about. I know I can achieve something.”

Nathan is the nephew of former Liverpool heavyweight Noel Quarless, but the youngster says his dad Paul was the biggest influence on his boxing.

“He’s the one who got me into boxing and the one that pushes me every day,” declared Quarless.

“When I’m feeling tired, he pushes me on, he’s been a big part of my life, especially in boxing. He was the one that introduced me to the sport. My cousin Mark O’Brien is another big influence.”