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.
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