Olympic heavyweight hero Frazer Clarke, who captained Team GB at the 2020 Olympic Games and won a medal for Great Britain, will make his highly anticipated professional debut at the BOXXER: KHAN vs BROOK event taking place Saturday, February 19 at the AO Arena Manchester, exclusively live on Sky Box Office.
Clarke, from Burton, Staffordshire, signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with BOXXER and Sky Sports soon after announcing his decision to turn professional in the wake of his Olympic triumph. Subject to licensing by the BBBofC, Clarke’s appearance is eagerly awaited on the massive Khan-Brook card – one of the biggest events of 2022.
As he begins his professional journey, Clarke is set on replicating the success he had as an amateur, where his honours included a bronze medal in the super-heavyweight category in the Tokyo 2020 Games, a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 European Union Championships.
Anthony Joshua – Clarke’s former sparring partner at Team GB – will play a key role in guiding him on that journey, with Clarke having signed to Joshua’s 258 MGT management label.
“I am delighted to be making my debut on such a big night for British boxing. Both Amir and Kell are legends so to be on their undercard is amazing. Burton is my home town and a place I love but Manchester holds a special place in my heart, so to start my journey in front of their fans is special. Training is going great and I am 100% focused on putting on a spectacular and entertaining show for everyone in the pros.” said Clarke.
Ben Shalom, BOXXER Founder and CEO, said “It was a proud moment for everyone at BOXXER and Sky Sports when the Team GB captain chose to sign with us and it’s fitting that he will begin his professional journey on the same card as his fellow Olympian and Team GB trailblazer Amir Khan.”
Freddie Cunningham, Managing Director at 258 MGT, said “As captain of the Team GB Boxing team and given his achievements as an amateur, Frazer deserves the biggest possible platform for his debut and Khan v Brook is that. Frazer has a great set up at Loughborough and will be in great shape for his pro debut.”
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said “We were all so thrilled when Frazer signed an exclusive deal with BOXXER to showcase both his skills and personality on our huge platform. We have built all the British heavyweight stars on Sky Sports and will do everything we can to help Frazer become the next one. The Team GB Captain has the experience, minerals and popularity to appeal to a cross over audience and the huge Khan-Brook show in Manchester on February 19th is the perfect stage for the launch of his enticing professional journey.”
Tickets for February’s event sold out in just 600 seconds when they went on sale in December, making the event one of British boxing’s biggest box office blockbusters. A capacity crowd will be in the AO Arena Manchester to witness bitter rivals Amir Khan and Kell Brook settle their long-running feud in the main event, live and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.
Boxxer And Sky Sports Boxing Sign Heavyweight Olympian Frazer Clarke To Exclusive Long-term Agreement
Following an exemplary amateur career which culminated in winning a medal for Great Britain at the 2020 Olympic Games, Team GB captain Frazer Clarke has signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement to enter the professional ranks with BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing.
The Burton, Staffordshire standout will make his highly-anticipated professional debut next year and is set on pursuing further honours to add to an extensive list which includes a bronze medal in the super-heavyweight category at the Tokyo 2020 Games, a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 European Union Championships.
Anthony Joshua – Clarke’s former sparring partner at Team GB – will once again play a key role in Clarke’s boxing career, this time as a mentor. Clarke signed with Joshua’s management label 258 MGT shortly after announcing his intention to turn professional and will benefit from his former sparring partner’s experience as he begins his journey in the professional game.
“Signing with BOXXER is massive for me. Since I got back from the Olympics there’s been a lot of interest in where I was going to go. After weighing up all the options and speaking to the guys at BOXXER and Sky Sports, I came to this decision and here we are, ready to take the first step,” said Clarke.
“There’s a long road ahead of us but I’m more than willing to learn. It’s going to be a difficult task to get to where I want to be, to become a world champion. But I want people to follow the journey because I’m sure it’s going to be exciting.
“Anthony Joshua is on the end of the phone and he’s one of those people that’s been there and done it. I’d be silly to have access to him and not use it. Definitely that will be a phone call I’m looking forward to!”
Ben Shalom, BOXXER Founder and CEO, said “For the Team GB captain to choose us as his partners in professional boxing is a very proud moment for everyone at BOXXER and Sky Sports. Frazer Clarke is an outstanding sportsman and role model and we are very excited about the journey which lies in front of us.
“This is a landmark signing for us. Frazer is the next big thing in British heavyweight boxing and now coming off his success in Tokyo he’s set on winning major world titles in the professional ranks. With his pedigree, I think it’s only a matter of time.”
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said “Everyone at Sky Sports is hugely excited that Frazer Clarke has signed a promotional deal with BOXXER. It’s a massive announcement in our new era for Sky Sports Boxing. I’ve been a huge fan of ‘Big Fraze’ for years. He’s a high-class heavyweight with an all-action style, and he’s also a great ambassador for the sport.
“Frazer’s Olympic medal was a fitting reward for Team GB’s fantastic captain, who has proven himself against the world’s elite amateurs – and now he launches his pro career! We at Sky Sports will be with Frazer on every step of the journey as he aims to fulfil his ambition of becoming a world heavyweight champion.”
Will Harvey, Head of Boxing at 258 MGT, said “We are delighted to have Fraser join Sky Sports and BOXXER today. We have a long and successful working relationship with Sky and to continue this with Frazer and the BOXXER team is really exciting.
“As the captain of the GB squad, Frazer will no doubt provide valuable guidance to the rest of the platform’s stable and it’s great for him to be aligned with a platform and promotional outfit who match his ambition. We can’t wait to get started!”