Frazer Clarke to captain Team GB boxing squad at Tokyo Olympics

He described the honour as “one of the proudest achievements of my life.”

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

Burton super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke will lead Team GB’s boxing team at the Tokyo Olympics next month.

The 29-year-old will captain a roster of seven men and four women as they all vie for gold.

Clarke fulfilled his ambition of qualifying for the Olympics earlier this month.

He finished inside the final four at the pushed-back European Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Paris to secure his spot at the Games.

The 2018 Commonwealth gold medal winner narrowly missed out on qualification in the previous two Olympic cycles but has now finally realised his dream.

Clarke told it felt “amazing” to be chosen to captain the team.

“This is a really strong team so to have been named captain is an unbelievable honour,” he said.

“GB Boxing has played an enormous part in shaping me, not just as a boxer, but also a person and to be made captain of the team is amazing.

“It is one of the proudest achievements of my life.”


Clarke ’embodies the ethos of the organisation’

Boxing Team Leader and GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken explained the decision to bestow Clarke the role of skipper.

He added: “Frazer has been a big part of the GB Boxing squad for more than a decade and was the outstanding candidate when it came to appointing a captain.

Photo from 2016 / Boxing AIBA*

“He is always the loudest voice in the crowd supporting his teammates at tournaments and is liked and respected by all of his colleagues. 

“He is a great ambassador for GB Boxing and embodies the ethos of the organisation which aims to develop and support the boxers, not just as athletes, but also as people.”

Clarke will lead a team that contains Rio 2016 Olympians Pat McCormack (flyweight) and Galal Yafai (welterweight).

Luke McCormack, Pat’s twin, makes the cut for the lightweight division as does Peter Grail, the 2017 European bantamweight champion.

Ben Whittaker, who earned silver at the European Games, is also part of the team in the light-heavyweight division.

2017 European Championship heavyweight silver medallist Cheavon Clarke completes the men’s line-up.

Lauren Price, Wales’ 2019 middleweight world champion, will compete at the Games too.

Former world and Olympic youth champion Caroline Dubois will compete in the lightweight division while 2019 world championship bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall fights at featherweight.

Finally, mother-of-three Charley Davison will enter the flyweight category to complete the 11-strong squad.

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