British heavyweight and Olympic bronze medallist Frazer Clarke turns pro with promotional newcomers BOXXER as late bloomer vows to make INSTANT impact in the ring

Frazer Clarke has turned professional with promotional newcomers BOXXER The 30-year-old has left the amateur ranks after winning bronze in Tokyo Clarke is not looking to waste any time and wants to make an immediate impactHe is set to make his pro debut on the undercard of Amir Khan v Kell Brook 

Frazer Clarke, Britain’s super-heavyweight bronze medallist at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, has turned professional with the fast-expanding Boxxer promotion company. 

The 30-year-old heavyweight – who won bronze in Tokyo this summer – has signed with promotional company BOXXER, with his fights set to be shown on Sky Sports, and will make his bow on the undercard of Amir Khan’s grudge match with Kell Brook on February 19.

Staffordshire’s Clarke continued to enjoy a successful amateur career after being passed over for the 2016 Rio games in favour of Joe Joyce. 

Former Team GB star Frazer Clarke has turned professional after signing with BOXXER

Former Team GB star Frazer Clarke has turned professional after signing with BOXXER

Clarke is a late bloomer in the sport but is confident he can put on a show and make an immediate impact on the sport after going from bouncer to boxer – admitting he has used his experience as a security guard to ‘study’ the best fighters out there.

‘What people don’t realise about me is I’ve been fighting since I was 11 years old,’ he said. ‘Everything I do is calculated. The security job – I can say it now because I can’t get fired – was just to get me front row for these pro shows! I couldn’t afford the tickets, that’s the honest truth.

‘I tried anything to get to those shows. I went from causing mischief on a Saturday night to front and centre of the biggest fights in UK history. I’ve been there for AJ and Dillian, both of the Froch-Groves, Kell Brook, Amir Khan – I’ve seen all these guys up close and personal.

The 30-year-old took bronze in the super heavyweight division in Tokyo earlier this year

The 30-year-old took bronze in the super heavyweight division in Tokyo earlier this year

Clarke (R) follows the likes of Anthony Joshua (L) in pursuing a pro career after the Games

Clarke (R) follows the likes of Anthony Joshua (L) in pursuing a pro career after the Games

‘I’m not just watching as a fan – I’m studying, looking at all the experiences. When I started it was a game and a bit of fun, then I was boxing for the country and team GB and I had a responsibility to do my nation proud.

The Burton-born star is a close friend of Anthony Joshua and has sparred with him in the past – and will look to emulate the former world champion, as well as Joe Joyce, who he fought in the amateurs. Joyce has forged a successful career since he also turned professional at a fairly late stage.

‘They’re both people I’d like to call friends and they’ve both been advisors to me. One thing all three of us are is competitors, we like to be the best. I’m not different, they’re a huge mile in front of me at the minute. I’ve got to close the gap, win the fights. In Britain we’re blessed to have such great heavyweights. I’ve got to do all the work then see where it takes us.’

Clarke is an experienced amateur fighter with 88 fights on his record, and has promised an explosive start to life as a heavyweight.

The Staffordshire man is set to make his pro debut on the under card of Amir Khan v Kell Brook (pictured with Sky Sports' Adam Smith (L) and BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom (R))

The Staffordshire man is set to make his pro debut on the under card of Amir Khan v Kell Brook (pictured with Sky Sports’ Adam Smith (L) and BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom (R))

Clarke has vowed to make an immediate impact as he looks to waste no time in his career

Clarke has vowed to make an immediate impact as he looks to waste no time in his career

‘My style is calculated aggression,’ he adds. ‘I’ve been all around the world but I need to learn the tricks and trade as a pro. I’m coming to take people out. Anything past round one is too much. I’m going to go and try and excite and win.

‘I don’t want to do overtime – but I’ll use my brain and knowledge and there will be knockouts. I’ve got a beautiful right shot, fast hands, good power, people can expect exciting fights that I’ve always had as an amateur. With me, you just never know what’s going to happen. There’s always drama!’

BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom said: ‘What’s exciting about Frazer is he doesn’t want to hang around. he’s a ready made heavyweight and will be headlining shows very quickly. It will start with 6/8rounders, he won’t be taking easy fights early on.

‘We think it’s a 12-18 month project before he’s in contention. Timing is everything and Frazer is here at the perfect time in the heavyweight division. We think he’s going to be in world title contention within this three year deal.’   

 

Heavyweight boxer Frazer Clarke has signed a contract with BOXXER which will see him fight exclusively live on Sky Sports Boxing. 

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