Burton boxer Frazer Clarke claims second gold of 2021

Attentions will turn to the Tokyo Olympic Games

Photo from 2016 / Boxing AIBA*

Amateur Burton super-heavyweight boxer Frazer Clarke has fought his way to a second gold medal finish this year thanks to his Tuesday triumph in Serbia.

The 2018 Commonwealth gold medal winner defeated Maksim Babanin of Russia on points in the final of his weight category at the Belgrade Winner Tournament.

Clarke, 29, enacted revenge on his two-time world championship bronze medallist opponent.

His win over him in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Championships was overturned on appeal from the Russia team.

But a stunning comeback was completed on Tuesday, as he was also named Boxer of the Tournament in Serbia.

GB Boxing had a terrific competition, with 10 of their 11 fighters claiming a medal.

Three earned gold, one got silver and the rest, bronze.

Clarke’s latest victory comes after securing gold in the Super Heavyweight final at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary in February.

He is ranked as the best amateur super-heavyweight boxer in the UK, according to BoxRec.


Clarke eyeing Tokyo Olympics

Clarke at the Rio 2016 Boxing Test Event Medal Ceremony / Photo Credit: Boxing AIBA*

The former fight night security guard will be vying for a long-awaited place at the delayed Tokyo Olympics later this year.

He came narrowly close to selection in both of the last two Olympic cycles.

Clarke was pipped by Joe Joyce in 2016 after Anthony Joshua got the nod ahead of him in 2012.

He and Joshua have remained close over the years and have regularly sparred together.

Clarke helped him to prepare for the reclaiming of his IBF, WBC and WBO world titles in 2019.

Now, Clarke will be pursuing more glory for himself buoyed by his 2018 Australia Commonwealth Games triumph and his recent form.

He will have to qualify for the Olympics via the European Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Paris, which has now been pushed back to June.

The tournament, which was originally held in London, was cut short last year by the pandemic.

‘The Eraser’ had beaten London 2012 silver medallist Clemente Russo of Italy to set up a Round of 16 bout with Croatia’s Marko Mulin.

The 2020 Olympic Games itself was postponed not long after.

The Games are currently set to start on July 23 and conclude on August 8.

But there are still questions hanging over the hosting of the rescheduled Olympics amid the pandemic.

*Both photographs under Creative Common Licence 2.0

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