Award is per­fect end to a big year for Frazer

Burton Mail - - Sport -

BUR­TON’S GB box­ing star Frazer Clarke as rounded off a fan­tas­tic year by win­ning the Ken Nor­ton award for best am­a­teur boxer of the year at the Box­ing Writ­ers’ Club awards in Lon­don.

An­thony Joshua, Luke Camp­bell, Peter McGrail and James De­gale are among the pre­vi­ous names to have won the award.

Former world cham­pi­ons Frank Bruno, Ricky Hat­ton and Joe Calza­ghe were in the au­di­ence at the Savoy Ho­tel and su­per-heavy­weight Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list Clarke was de­lighted to meet

Dr John­son Be­harry, the war vet­eran who was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross for his brav­ery in the field af­ter been am­bushed and shot in the head in Iraq 2005 “I’m a fighter for the en­ter­tain­ment game, Dr John­son is a real fighter for our coun­try,” said Clarke. “The story he told us was mes­meris­ing.

“He’s a real hero and it was plea­sure and hon­our to meet him.” As well as win­ning Com­mon­wealth Games gold in Aus­tralia for Eng­land and Euro­pean sil­ver six months ear­lier, Clarke has fi­nally land­ing the num­ber one spot for Team GB at the weight.

“It’s been a bumpy road with a mix­ture of highs and lows but I feel I’m peak­ing men­tally and phys­i­cally just at the right time, which is show­ing in my per­for­mances,” he added.

“Ob­vi­ously, I get the best spar­ing in the world with An­thony Joshua but it’s about es­tab­lish­ing my­self, or Big Fraze as I like to be known.

“I’m cur­rently num­ber two in the world in the Aiba rank­ings but that means noth­ing on a piece of pa­per. I need to show peo­ple what I’m all about.

“I’ve got just less than two years un­til Tokyo 2020, where I hope to establish my­self as the best su­per­heavy­weight on the planet and, on my day, I know I’m more than ca­pa­ble.

“The sup­port I’ve had has been tremen­dous, from VIP treat­ment at Manch­ester United to as­sem­blies at my former school, De Fer­rers in Horn­inglow. I can’t thank peo­ple enough for be­liev­ing in me and I’ll re­pay ev­ery­one by giv­ing it my all at Tokyo.”

Clarke hopes to get a match on a show at his club, Bur­ton ABC, in De­cem­ber.

It’s been a bumpy road but I feel I’m peak­ing men­tally and phys­i­cally just at the right time Bur­ton ABC star Frazer Clarke

Frazer Clarke has been named am­a­teur boxer of the year by the Box­ing Writ­ers’ Club. He is pic­tured at the awards night (inset right) with Iraq War hero Dr John­son Be­harry.

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