Re: Frazer Clarke
Interesting, isn’t it?
Back in the day, heavyweight prospects would turn pro very young. The amateurs then were genuinely unpaid, and the kudos of an Olympic or world championship amateur medal was not worth quite so much.
Now, it’s a huge huge stepping stone to have amateur honours, probably since Ray Leonard really. Equally ( in the UK anyway) lottery funding and sponsorships mean an amateur athlete isn’t really amateur in terms of their earnings. Good athletes can make a very good living by staying in amateur boxing.
A bit like the Cubans back in the day?
The downside is that many of these guys come into the pros as fully formed and developed boxers, so they find it harder to adjust to pro differences. That’s why there are a few busted flushes, like Audley Harrison. Just like many ageing Cuban amateur greats couldn’t hack it in the pros
If God wanted us to be vegetarians, why are animals made of meat ?