Overcoming his Indian opponent via a unanimous decision, Frazer Clarke won gold in a tightly-contested superheavyweight final to continue Team England’s spectacular day in the ring.
Clarke and Satish Kumar traded blows for much of the first two rounds, with neither +91kg fighter landing entirely clearly. However, with Kumar visibly jaded in the third round, Clarke sensed his opportunity to land some ferocious combinations.
One moment in particular that would have impressed the judges was Clarke’s clean right overhand which landed perfectly on the Indian’s head, which clearly dazed him.
Clarke’s success was warmly met by the home crowd, as Team England captured their seventh medal in the ring on the penultimate day at the Gold Coast.
‘Big Fraze’ ensured that, by winning gold, he has retained the title for England that Joe Joyce won at Glasgow 2014.
Clearly delighted, Clarke now looks forward to celebrating his success with his loved ones.
Clarke said: “I just want to get back, I just want to get on facetime to my daughter, show her this medal. She probably won’t have a clue what it is. In 20 years-time she can turn around to her friend and say ‘my dad did this’.
“I had a few people telling me that this would be a walkover. I have boxed him before and knew that he is very strong and I knew he is very fit. I wasn’t 100%. It’s been a long couple of days. Yesterday was one of the toughest fights I have had for a long time. I’m aching. I got for it. I got in there and did what I had to do.
“I’ve always been hungry for success. It’s definitely been a confidence booster. I have a picture in my changing room of my daughter and two nieces. If they can go to school and tell their friends or family that I’m a champion then it’s a good feeling.”