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    Calculated risk' - how to plot a heavyweight's rise

    Frazer Clarke will move "as quickly as Joe Joyce" to reach world heavyweight title level within years, says promoter Ben Shalom.

    The 2020 Olympic bronze medallist at super-heavyweight has signed pro terms with BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing and, aged 30, is plotting a quick impact among his new rivals.

    "Joe Joyce is the easiest to compare. He is an obvious comparison," said BOXXER promoter Shalom.

    "Frazer will have to move as quickly as Joe, who is now 35 and is in world title contention.

    "By the time Frazer is 35, we'd be very disappointed if he hasn't already had a world title fight.

    "He will have to move quickly in the next few years but also carefully."

    Joyce won silver at the 2016 Olympics and is now an undefeated pro, closing in on his first world title shot.

    Clarke can emulate Joyce's fast-tracked route to the top of the division, Shalom believes.

    "We will take calculated risks with him," he said.

    "But Frazer is a world-class operator. You aren't as successful as Frazer in the Team GB set-up unless you are world-class.

    "We think Frazer will deal will most heavyweights quite comfortably. We have no worries.

    "We want to give him every opportunity possible.

    "We plan to keep him active so he can learn his trade. We think he will be perfect for the professional game because he has power and variety."

    Clarke is set to announce his professional debut soon.

    "Frazer can appeal to the biggest possible sports audience," Shalom said.

    "He will begin with six-rounders - he wants to start quickly, there will be no messing around.

    "We'll see what Frazer is all about.

    "He is learning a lot of new things from his trainer Angel Fernandez."

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    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
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    Seems like a nice guy eager to develop. Not a good thing to come in with as much surrounding focus on beating natures clock as you have on winning your first start though. Artificial 4,5 yr timelines get you in trouble. But late starters can bloom too. Gold medal Mercer came in a hair under 29 years old and was in a time-capsule classic with Cooper within 1 year. Grabbed the wbo in under 2 years but at the time the wbo was pretty much dismissed as irrelevant. Clarke will get the massive debut showcase on that undercard but I hope they don't make the lights so bright..for every single fight..that he doesn't get blinded. The best thing is to go off the screen early in those "making sausage" type match ups.

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    Default Re: Frazer Clarke

    Staying as an amateur longer, travelling the world and being part of a team can be better for a boxers development. Especially a heavyweight who has a longer career that can go into their late 30's.

    I respect fighters like Joyce and Clarke for having the confidence in their ability waiting patiently learning their trade rather than jumping at the easy money and limelight.
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    I don't see anything special about Clarke.
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