FRAZER CLARKE WITHDRAWS FROM BOXXER WEMBLEY CARD FOLLOWING HAND SURGERY
Heavyweight prospect preparing for big summer return and back to hard-hitting best
Massive BOXXER Fight Night features big Riakporhe v Jumah showdown, unbeaten light-heavyweight star Azeez, English Welterweight Title, plus Adam Azim and Caroline Dubois amongst others.
Olympic Heavyweight Bronze Medallist Frazer Clarke underwent hand surgery yesterday and has withdrawn from the BOXXER Fight Night show on Saturday 26th March at OVO Wembley Arena, live on Sky Sports.
The action packed show is headlined with the big London cruiserweight collision between Richard Riakporhe and Deion Jumah, plus unbeaten light-heavyweight star Dan Azeez, Olympian talent Caroline Dubois; unbeaten lightweight hot shot Adam Azim faces Conor Marsden; his brother Hassan is in welterweight action; Chris Kongo; the pro-debut of London heavyweight star Jeamie TKV; Southampton hitter Joe Pigford; the pro-debut of Team England amateur star Jimmy Lee; Louis Greene and Harry Scarff square off for the Vacant English Welterweight title and super-flyweight prospect Shannon Ryan makes her pro-debut.
Clarke, 30, sustained a hand injury during a sparring session and following a successful operation, he will now allow time to rest and recover before commencing a course of rehabilitation treatment at Loughborough University.
He was due to face Spain’s Gabriel Enguema on the show, but the Burton-upon-Trent talent will not be able to punch for six weeks and it is anticipated that he will return to the ring again in 10-12 weeks’ time and resume his career.
‘Big Fraze’, who captured Bronze in Beijing last summer as the Team GB captain, made his pro-debut last month on the Amir Khan-Kell Brook undercard with a first round stoppage of Jake Darnell at the AO Arena Manchester to kick off his campaign in the heavyweight division.
Whilst the injury has put a slight pause in Clarke’s fight schedule this year, it is expected that Clarke’s hand will be significantly improved and he’ll return to his big-hitting best.
Clarke said, “I’m gutted to sustain this injury, but it’s part and parcel of boxing and these things happen through no fault of anyone. Thankfully during my time in boxing I’ve met some great people to point me in the right direction and I’ve now been fixed up, operated on, the operation went really well and I’m healing well. I’ll come back back stronger and I’ll use this time really well to develop in other areas. I’ll be back in no time and pick up where I left off.
Ben Shalom, BOXXER founder and CEO, said. “I’m really gutted for Frazer, but I’m glad he will be back so quickly. He will step up in the summer and then have a very strong end to the year.”
Freddie Cunningham, Managing Director at 258 MGT, said, “As frustrating as it is, we know Frazer will stay dedicated and we have and will ensure that he gets the best treatment and rehabilitation possible. We will use the time wisely to come back as soon as possible and with even more drive.”