Great Britain Heavyweight Boxer Frazer Clarke Considered Retiring Before Winning Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/07/2021, 10:22 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight – Semifinal – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Frazer Clarke of Britain reacts after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Carl Recine


The story of Frazer Clarke is amusing at its finest. The Great Britain boxer won the bronze medal after a fantastic performance at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Likewise, the semi-final matchup was against Uzbekistan’s monster among men, Bakhodir Jalolov. However, after suffering a cut to the eye during the quarterfinals, Clarke reopened his wound as the official called time on the clash. The boxer spoke about the troubles he faced before the Olympics while coming close to retirement.

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Thus, this bronze medal felt like a moment of redemption for the super-heavyweight star.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight – Semifinal – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Frazer Clarke of Britain sustains an injury during his fight against Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan REUTERS/Carl Recine

Clarke opens up about retirement plans

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Despite his fantastic performances in Tokyo, the boxer opened up about his troubles before the event. The talented boxer even contemplated retirement, but changed his views on it.

“If you listen to the right people and you work hard, it will happen, and I’m a prime example of that because there was loads of time where I felt like chucking the towel in and walking away, and I spat my dummy out more times than anyone, to be honest.”

“I wasn’t blessed with any skills, I wasn’t blessed with being athletic or, you know, everything you need to be a boxer, you need to be fit. You need to be strong, fast. I wasn’t blessed with any of that, but I’ve worked at it,” said Clarke.

The boxer spoke about the troubles he faced despite not being athletically gifted like other athletes. However, hard work pays off as the boxer did not give up and won the bronze medal. A quite stunning achievement from Britain’s golden boy.

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Although he couldn’t enter the final, he put in a show-stopping performance in the semi-final. Likewise, Jalolov is one of the best boxers in the world. But Clarke landed a huge right hand which took him by a surprise. The boxer fought valiantly despite reopening his wound. After the physios did a good job on the injury, Jalolov landed another enormous blow, which eventually ended the contest.

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Thus, the boxer settled for bronze but had a tournament to remember. Shades of retirement crossed his mind a lot of times. Instead, the athlete moved forward with determination and won the bronze medal.

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An emotional ending to an emotional story. Frazer Clarke’s performances in the Tokyo Olympics deserve a special mention after the problems he faced. The importance of grit and passion for the sport fueled him towards an Olympic medal.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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