Boxing: ‘I want to fight the individuals who inspire me – Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua,’ Frazer Clarke says ahead of his professional debut

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Boxing: As his heavyweight challenge approaches, Frazer Clarke has already set his sights on Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, whom he describes as “inspiring.”

On February 19, on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Kell Brook, Team GB’s super-heavyweight Olympic bronze medalist will compete for the first time as a professional.

“I want to win titles,” Clarke says of his ambitions. That is my work and my goal.

“I aspire to be a world champion one day.” We’ll gradually improve, and the fights will ultimately fall into place.

“At some point, I’d like to be up there with the big names.”

“I want to face the fighters that motivate me the most: Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.”

“We witnessed a fantastic fight between Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker.

“They’re the kinds of nights I’m looking for.

“I want all the big names and all the big battles, but I understand it’ll take time.”

Clarke, 30, has signed pro contracts with BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing, and his promoter, Ben-Shalom, compares him to Joe Joyce.

Joyce is unbeaten and in line for a crack at the world heavyweight title after winning silver at the 2016 Olympics.

“If Frazer hasn’t fought for a world title by the time he’s 35, we’ll be very dissatisfied,” Shalom remarked.

“With him, we’ll take measured risks.

“Frazer should be able to handle most heavyweights with ease. We are unconcerned.”

Clarke believes he can rise to the top of the heavyweight division in five years: “It’s 100 per cent – how I train, how I feel.”

“I’m improving like a beautiful wine!”

“Thirty-five is a fantastic age; I’ll be a world champion by then.”

“There is a lot of work to be done. People aren’t aware of what I put into the gym on a daily basis.”

Clarke will compete in a heavyweight division that includes Bakhodir Jalolov, the gold medalist from last summer, and Richard Torrez Jr., the silver medalist.

“It will be a big advantage in the long run,” he says of his amateur and Olympic careers.

“I’ve competed in a variety of styles of boxing, travelled across the world, and faced off against some of the best in the world.”

“This is a brand-new sport with a brand-new difficulty. I was well aware that I had room for improvement.”

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