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Anthony Joshua sparring partner Frazer Clarke wins emotional Commonwealth Games gold

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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.

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“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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Floyd Mayweather maintains unbeaten record

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Boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather on Monday trounced Japanese kick-boxing star Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.

Mayweather floored Nasukawa, who is less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.

The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.

But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.

Sensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.

With the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.

The 41-year-old Mayweather carried more than 4kg weight advantage into the ring.

The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.

There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.

Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.

“It was all about entertainment. We had fun. The fans in Japan, they wanted this to happen, so I said why not. Once again, I’m still retired, I’m still 50-0, Tenshin is a great champion,” Mayweather said in the ring following his win.

The 41-year-old American had earlier intimated on Instagram that he would be paid $9 million for the fight, which was scheduled for three rounds.

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‘I had a head cold’ – Anthony Joshua reveals illness

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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…)

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Anthony Joshua knocks out Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

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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…)

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