Burton boxer Frazer Clarke reaches Olympics for first time

The long wait is finally over for ‘The Eraser’

Photo from 2016 / Boxing AIBA*

Super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke has fulfilled his dream of qualifying for the Olympics.

The 29-year-old amateur boxer defeated Turkey’s Berat Acar in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Paris to secure his spot at the Tokyo Games.

Fighters in each weight class at the tournament were required to make the semi-finals in order to make the Olympics.

Clarke did just that, winning his quarter-final bout on Sunday to end a 12-year wait.

Speaking on Twitter, Clarke said post-fight: “I’ve never done things the easy way… and today the nerves really got to me BUT I am now an Olympian, I don’t know what else to say.”

This massive win comes after the European Olympic Boxing Qualifier in London last year was cut short due to the pandemic.

Clarke had beaten London 2012 silver medallist Clemente Russo of Italy to set up a Round of 16 bout with Croatia’s Marko Milun, whom he finally faced and defeated on Saturday.

The 2018 Commonwealth gold medal winner has also been given a walkover against Russia’s Ivan Veriasov in the semi-final.

It means he will face either Azerbaijan’s Mahammad Abdullayev or Mourad Aliev of France in the gold medal match.


Long wait over for Clarke

The former fight night security guard 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, he will get the chance to earn boxing glory for himself on the biggest stage of all.

And having already earned two gold medals at competitions this year, 2021 could be a year to remember for the Burton-born man.

The Olympics are due to start on July 23 and conclude on August 8.

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