“There are Better Boxers Than Me”- Great Britain’s Heavyweight Boxer Frazer Clarke Showcases his Humility After Tokyo Olympics Bronze Medal

Published 08/07/2021, 8:17 AM EDT


British Superheavyweight champion Frazer Clarke has had an inspirational story, on his road to the Olympics. On Tuesday, the 30-year-old boxer won the Bronze medal, after losing to Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the Semi-finals.

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The Briton fought in his first Olympic games, after being out-qualified in the 2012 London games and the Rio 2016 Olympics. Bronze was enough to make Frazer Clarke happy, as he stated in interviews post-match.

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Frazer Clarke – 2020 Tokyo Olympics journey 

Clarke won his round of 16 match against Tsotne Rogava of Ukraine. He won 4-1 on the judge’s scorecards after three, three-minute rounds. He then fought against the Frenchman Mourad Aliev in the Quarter-final. His opponent got disqualified for hitting Frazer Clarke with his head. The Frenchman sat down outside the ring in protest and refused to accept the decision.

In the Semi-final he faces No.1 seed Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan, who cut open a huge wound above Clarke’s eye. He cut open the wound that Clarke had sustained in his quarterfinal match against Aliev. The referee had to stop the fight because of excessive bleeding.

It was an unfortunate way to win the Bronze medal, but a medal is a medal, especially at the Olympic games. Frazer Clarke won Great Britain’s 5th medal in boxing, a record-breaking haul for the British at the Tokyo Olympics. 

“You need to be fit, you need to be strong, you need to be fast. I wasn’t blessed with any of that, but I’ve worked at it. That Bronze medal means everything to me now, I’ve worked so hard for that. There are better boxers than me that have come to Tokyo and gone without a medal.” Clarke said.

Road to Tokyo Olympics 2020

Frazer Clarke has faced a lot of adversity in life, but one thing he knows to do is come back stronger. Qualifying for the Olympics has been tough for Frazer Clarke after being out-qualified by others in the last two Olympic games.

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Third time’s the charm for the Briton as he qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Clarke worked as a security guard and had been stabbed in the neck. He was in the hospital fighting for his life, 12 years after he joined Team GB, the 30-year-old finally won a medal for his country.

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Clarke’s story is an inspiring one, which shows us how determination and hard work can help you achieve anything in life. The Briton has defied all odds to take home an Olympic medal 

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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