Tokyo Olympian Frazer Clarke signs first professional boxing contract

Olympic bronze medalist Frazer Clarke has signed his first professional boxing contract, with his debut set to take place in 2022.

Clarke stepped on the podium for Great Britain in Tokyo this summer, and now the 30-year-old is moving from amateur to professional boxing – and from super heavyweight to heavyweight – taking inspiration from his partner training Anthony Joshua.

Clarke, who has signed a long-term contract with BOXXER and Sky Sports, could make his professional debut on the undercard of Amir Khan’s long-awaited grudge match with Kell Brook in Manchester in February.

“Signing with BOXXER is huge for me,” Clarke said after her deal was announced on Friday. “Since coming back from the Olympics there has been a lot of interest in where I was going to go.

“After evaluating all the options and talking to the guys at BOXXER and Sky Sports, I made this decision and we are ready to take the first step.

“There is a long way ahead, but I am more than willing to learn. It’s going to be a tough task to get to where I want to be, to become world champion. But I want people to follow the trip, because I’m sure it’s going to be exciting.

“Anthony Joshua is on the phone and he’s one of those people who has been there and done it. I would be stupid to have access to it and not use it. It will definitely be a phone call that I look forward to!

The Staffordshire fighter will be coached by Angel Fernandez, who also worked with Joshua.

Clarke, who has an amateur record of 63-25 with five knockout victories, won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games before becoming British boxing captain in Tokyo this year.

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom hailed the Clarke deal as a “historic signing”.

“Frazer is the next big thing in British heavyweight boxing,” Shalom said, “and now after his success in Tokyo, he’s determined to win major world titles in the professional ranks.

“With his pedigree, I think it’s only a matter of time.”

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