Jake Quinton wins North American kickboxing title

Dave Kearsey
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Jake Quinton, 15, of Corner Brook, poses for a photo at the Blue Dragon training facility Monday. Quinton is a North American kickboxing champion in the intermediate (18 and under) weight class, winning the title this past weekend in Toronto.

Jake Quinton had no idea what he was getting himself into when he went to Toronto to display his kickboxing skills.

But none of that inexperience matters now that the 15-year-old Corner Brook native is a North American kickboxing champion.

“It’s like a dream,” Quinton said Monday, only hours after arriving home from Toronto. “I’ve always dreamed about having a belt,”

Quinton, under the watchful eye of coach Jeff Brake, won the intermediate (18 and under) weight class at the tournament after defeating Gregory Sutcliffe of Sudbury, Ont., at the 2014 North America World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Championships at the Toronto Metro Centre over the weekend.

Quinton received a bye into the final bout against Sutcliffe after the Corner Brook native’s second-round opponent was a no-show.

In the championship fight against the 16-year-old Sutcliffe, the bout came to a halt when Quinton landed a “flying Superman punch” just 45 seconds into the first round. It was the third stoppage of the fight, so Quinton was awarded the title on a technical knockout.

It was only his second time in a sanctioned kickboxing match, so Quinton was understandably nervous about it all with a couple hundred people taking in the action. His only other fight, held in St. John’s back in September, ended with the hometown St. John’s fighter getting the decision after three rounds.

“I never expected to be a champion,” he said. “It means a lot. I’m sort of relieved that it’s over, but I’m happy about it.”

He was no worse for wear after his short stint in the ring, so that was a bonus.

“I didn’t get hurt at all. I’m happy I didn’t get hurt because now it doesn’t mess up my training,” he said. “Usually after a fight, if you get hurt, it delays your training for a couple of weeks, but I will go right back to training (Monday night).”

He headed to the gym shortly after arriving home because he wants to see how far he can go in the sport and expects to participate in the same annual event again.

“The fight motivates me more to get ready for my next fight,” he added.

He was pleased with how his coach was able to prepare him to do battle, but more importantly he was thankful for the way Brake kept his young fighter’s nerves in check by taking him away from the shared warm-up area that all the fighters use to get ready for their bout.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him,” Quinton said of Brake.

Now he is anxious to see how his championship belt will fit.

Unfortunately, the belt for the 63.5-kilogram weight class didn’t arrive in Toronto in time to be presented to Quinton. It is expected to be shipped from New York sometime this week. He has seen a picture of it, but said it probably won’t seem real until he has it around his waist.

Championship belts at the major international kickboxing event are honoured for one year, so he plans on relishing in his accomplishment. But, he plans on putting more hard work into his sport so he can be ready for the next challenge that comes his way.

“It happens once a year. You’re a champion for a year,” he explained. “It’s not like people can challenge you to take your title.”

It’s his to enjoy and that’s what he plans on doing. But, a trip to the gym moments after arriving home to train some more could mean he’s thirsty for even bigger and better things in the future.



Organizations: North American, Toronto Metro Centre

Geographic location: Toronto, Corner Brook, Sudbury New York

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  • Kick-Boxing Man
    June 04, 2014 - 17:47

    Jake you did really well and don't listen to those want a be champs.

  • Happyforyou
    June 04, 2014 - 12:40

    Very well done Jake and well deserved! Too bad there is not more of this type of sport on the West Coast rather than people getting caught up with ineffective martial arts like taekwondo that would not help in a real life street situation. Put the two together and my money is on the kick boxer each and every time.

    • Scott
      June 04, 2014 - 19:27

      I am glad you support Jake. He is a great kid and a great fighter because has been training hard for many years in many disciplines of Martial Arts. I like Kickboxing over Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxers generally have better hands. There are great things in all disciplines of martial arts. The secret is taking from the various styles what works best for you and your ability to highlight your strengths and your opponent’s weakness. I believe it is best not to limit yourself to one style or one idea. I have seen great fighters come from a Tae Kwon Do background. His current Kickboxing Coach trained Tae Kwon Do for a while, along with any other discipline he could. His pervious kickboxing coach was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, along with training kickboxing, boxing and other disciplines of Martial Arts. I believe the average competitive kickboxer has better conditioning than the average student training traditional martial arts for recreation, and will have an edge in a fight.

  • Joe is right
    June 04, 2014 - 06:51

    Joe is totally right how can this be considered a great feat when there was only two people in that weight class.

    • Witness of fight
      June 04, 2014 - 10:19

      Jakes opponent was no slouch. He is on Team Canada for his weight class (63.5K). Jake beat him handily

  • Jeff Brake
    June 03, 2014 - 21:27

    If anyone has contact info or any information n this Joe Dummer character can you please notify or contact me with it via email facebook or cell.

  • boxing hopeful
    June 03, 2014 - 16:39

    sounds like Joe the drummer is a little green with envy.Whats wrong Joe didn't make the paper?

  • Joe The Dummer
    June 03, 2014 - 09:20

    There were only two people actually competing in this age group/class, Jake Quinton and Gregory Sutcliffe. Neither actually had a match until the final - the winer is North American champion? Sounds like "WAKO" is wacko... Good luck at the world championships, kid.

  • Tina
    June 03, 2014 - 07:58

    Congratulations Jake! Kudos to Western Star for documenting something other than mainstream sports for a change. More kids would get involved or become interested in other sports if they were brought forefront. Writers need to get out there a little more to find out what was actually happening in this town. Happy to see this article! Support your local athletic groups, continue to support athletes like Jake!