Loughborough Sport took a knockout blow when heavyweight Olympic bronze medalist Frazer Clarke chose university as its new training base.
Clarke will team up with world-renowned trainer Angel Fernandez at the Boxing Center of Excellence as he embarks on a professional career in the sport following his podium finish at last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
The 30-year-old made headlines around the world by winning bronze for Team GB in Japan and will now train full time on campus as he looks to take his boxing career to the next level.
“One of the most important parts of coming to Loughborough was the chance to work under Angel again,” Clarke told Loughborough Sport.
“We were in touch around Christmas 2020 and I had a great time. Looking at the people and facilities in Loughborough that year, I knew I wanted to be here.
“Seeing other top athletes, like Adam Peaty, do the work and achieve great things in the sport is a huge inspiration.
“I want to get better as a fighter because that is a must for everyone in boxing. It is an honor to be here and I am convinced that Loughborough is the best in the world in terms of facilities, athletes and how committed everyone is.”
Jo Simpson, Commercial Director, Loughborough Sport added:
“This is another milestone for our Boxing Center of Excellence. It’s a testament to the work we’ve done commercializing our performance support that athletes of Frazer’s caliber are here in Loughborough.
“Our center gives boxers access to the same elite-level strength and conditioning, nutrition, physical therapy and performance analysis teams that have helped develop the leading athletes on our campus.
“For our students, it develops the ambitious environment they are part of, with the center offering unique opportunities to partner with world-class boxing talent.”
Clarke will make his professional debut on the Amir Khan vs Kell Brook undercard on Saturday, February 19 at the Manchester AO Arena.
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