In what will likely be his final match for GB after so a few years, super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke leads the Olympic crew in Tokyo
FOR the upcoming Olympic Video games, super-heavyweight stalwart Frazer Clarke is the GB boxing crew captain. The likeable large man from Burton has been on the coronary heart of the squad for over 10 years. That is his third Olympic cycle and Tokyo will likely be his first Video games.
After confirming his place on the qualifier in Paris final month, he’ll lead a high quality crew of 11 boxers to the delayed Tokyo Video games. Becoming a member of Frazer are Cheavon Clarke (91kgs), Ben Whittaker (81kgs), Lauren Value (75kgs), Pat McCormack (69kgs), Luke McCormack (63kgs), Caroline Dubois (60kgs), Peter McGrail (57kgs), Karriss Artingstall (57kgs), Galal Yafai (52kgs) and Charley Davison (51kgs).
“Frazer has been an enormous a part of the GB Boxing squad for greater than a decade and was the excellent candidate when it got here to appointing a captain. He’s all the time the loudest voice within the crowd supporting his teammates at tournaments and is preferred and revered by all of his colleagues. He is a good ambassador for GB Boxing and embodies the ethos of the organisation which goals to develop and help the boxers, not simply as athletes, but additionally as folks,” stated GB Boxing efficiency director Rob McCracken.
He’s had so many tournaments for GB through the years however this may his final. “I need to do nicely for me, I need to do nicely for my nation and my household and my city. The super-heavyweight division, it’s a nice division, everybody likes the large lads. I’m going to go on the market with a smile on my face. I’m already dwelling the dream representing Nice Britain. I’m already in an elite group being an Olympian however I need to be within the elite-elite group with that medal. My image on the wall in Sheffield,” he mirrored. “With out sounding too tacky I hope my performances can elevate the nation. We’ve had a horrible time just lately, I believe sport’s the way in which to place a smile again on folks’s faces. If we’re doing nicely and I’m doing it with a smile on my face, folks can see the place I’ve come from. Hopefully it could possibly encourage folks.”
The entire squad accommodates veteran medal winners. “I would like extra for me, I would like extra for the remainder of my crew as nicely,” Clarke stated. “After I sit again and take a look at what I’ve performed, it’s a recipe for fulfillment. I don’t see how the rest is feasible. I believe positively believing in myself, realizing I’ve performed the work and in the end simply realizing that you simply’re right here for a cause. You’re right here since you should be right here, that’s going to do loads for me.
“My legacy is somebody that may by no means hand over, positively. Labored onerous and did all of it with a smile on his face. With good will in my coronary heart. I need to be referred to as the man that labored onerous and obtained success but additionally handed on good feeling to my crew mates. I would like my crew mates to do nicely. I would like them to go on and excel. As a lot because it’s a person sport, we’re a crew, we’re one crew. Identical to the entire of GB. I would like us as a nation to do nicely. If I can assist anybody even one % then I will likely be there.”
It is a squad of large potential. “I’ve seen two Olympic squads, I’ve seen the way in which folks peak, the way in which folks prepare and I believe we’re in a terrific place,” Frazer stated. “These are folks to be reckoned with, a drive in newbie boxing proper now.
“I believe we’re in the very best place of the 2 squads that I’ve seen [before] personally.”
Keep in mind these squads included Olympic luminaries equivalent to Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams and Luke Campbell, amongst others, that’s saying one thing.
Group GB Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Olympic Video games, Mark England stated, “There may be enormous quantity of energy and expertise among the many boxers chosen to Group GB for the Tokyo Olympic Video games and their spectacular performances in Paris show how deserving all of them are of their choice.
“As a sport that has delivered so many thrilling, medal profitable performances on the Olympic Video games, there is no such thing as a doubt that Tokyo will likely be a really particular alternative for these athletes to jot down their very own piece of Group GB historical past.”
The boxing match on the Tokyo Olympics begins on Saturday. Learn the complete preview in Boxing Information this week