Frazer Clarke followed in the footsteps of Joe Joyce, David Price and Audley Harrison by winning gold in the final boxing match of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Clarke had fought his opponent, India’s Satish Kumar, just over two years previously, beating him in the semi-finals of the Rio 2016 test event.
He had been pipped to selection at London 2012 by friend and sparring partner Anthony Joshua and four years later Joe Joyce went instead and took silver.
However, with Tokyo 2020 firmly in his sights, Clarke was not to be denied this time around and secured the most significant medal of his career.
“I’m so happy right now,” said Clarke, who still spars with Joshua in Sheffield.
“I know what’s going on in boxing and that was close.
“What a good boxer Kumar was then. I think he knew he couldn’t stand off me so he made right rough and tugged in there.
“I was a little bit flat myself but I felt like I landed the clean shots and I managed to catch him as he was coming in, those shots that aren’t so obvious.”
He added: “I’ve got to keep improving. I want to be doing a better job on those kinds of people. I want to go all the way.
“The Olympics is my dream. I know I’m going to have to work very hard.”
The 26-year-old Brit probably had the best of the first round as Kumar attempted to close the gap between them but was caught on the way in repeatedly.
But the Indian fighter found more success in the second, landing a number of short rights on the inside to trouble Clarke, who seemed unable to stop the uppercuts landing.
Going into the final round, it appeared the result was in the balance and either fighter could sway the judges’ scorecards with a good round or even stop the bout early.
Clarke responded the better, landing a huge right to the body before the referee paused the fight for him to have his shoelaces retied.
It seemed to have got Kumar out of jail but the Brit flew out of the break and produced his best punches of the contest, which proved crucial in a razor-tight decision win.
‘I had a head cold’ – Anthony Joshua reveals illness
Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua, said he had felt like a gust of wind would knock him down ahead of his successful world heavyweight title defence last Saturday, uniquesports.com.ng reports. (more…)
Anthony Joshua knocks out Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles
Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight titles, with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday. (more…)
Manchester United players waiting for Mourinho to be sacked
Manchester United players told to ignore Mourinho’s instructions
Barcelona issue fresh ban to Dembele
Manchester United’s squad to face Liverpool revealed
Man City VS Everton: Jesus scores twice as Manchester City go back to top
Some Chelsea fans are stupid – Sarri
Manchester United will defeat liverpool – Rashford
CAF Footballer of the Year: Iwobi, Aubameyang, Salah make 10-man shortlist
Salah retains BBC African Footballer of the Year award
Klopp responds to Mourinho’s criticism on Liverpool’s 6 years without trophy
Why Chelsea lost 2-1 to Wolves – Sarri
How Messi is forcing Neymar to join Real Madrid
Super Falcons defeat South Africa, win AWCON 2018 trophy
LaLiga: Barcelona set asking price for Dembele
Real Madrid makes huge decision on signing Neymar from PSG
Emery gives injury update on Ozil ahead of Huddersfield clash
Chelsea contacts Real Madrid to discuss Kovacic transfer deal
Arsenal gets double injury boost ahead of Bournemouth clash
Neymar, Mbappe injured ahead of Liverpool clash
Arsenal’s squad against Man United released
Like Us on Facebook
Football6 months ago
Jose Mourinho makes Real Madrid progress with Gareth Bale cost set
Article1 year ago
RB Leipzig cleared for Champions League by UEFA after ownership issue
Football6 months ago
2018 World Cup: Super Eagles are disorganized – Argentina defender, Mascherano
Football1 year ago
US Open champion Koepka breaks into world’s top 10
World Cup6 months ago
2018 World Cup: Argentina suffers major injury blow
Football7 months ago
Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga Champions for sixth time
Arsenal6 months ago
Arsenal away kit 2018/19: Gunners unveil new shirt for next season
Football7 months ago
Champions League final: Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Team news, injuries, possible lineups