Exclusive: GB squad member Cheavon Clarke discusses career, Commonwealth Games ambitions

Joe Hewlett 14/02/2018

GB Boxing

Pat McCormack, Lisa Whiteside and Galal Yafai have all been included in Team England’s squad at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The team will consist eight men and four women. And one of Britain’s most exciting prospects in Cheavon Clarke has also been selected for the tournament.

Asked about the prospect of going down under, the charismatic Brit exclusively told World Boxing News: “I don’t really get too excited until I get there and see it in the flesh.

“And then we get ready to do what we do and deliver. Whether it’s here or in Australia, it doesn’t matter – I’m like the postman – I always deliver.”

Clarke has achieved a significant amount since deciding to lace up the gloves up. The 27-year-old has won two ABA titles as well as claiming silver in the European Championships during his first outing for Team GB.

The Olympics is the pinnacle of any amateur career. It gives a boxer the chance to raise their profile across the globe whilst also having the opportunity to challenge for top honours.

The heavyweight hitter is ultimately focused on making a statement in Tokyo. He explained: “The plan is not just to go, but to win a medal.

“I don’t want to just show up, anyone can turn up and say they’ve competed in the Olympics. I want to be the guy who brings home the bacon.

“This isn’t a game for me – I live this lifestyle – this is everything I have.

“I receive a huge amount of support from the fans and coaches, so I’d like to thank them, I really appreciate it.

“I’d also like to give shout to my sponsors in the Body Kitchen, Hy-Scaff Scaffolding and Fast Labour Solutions Contract Limited because they help support my ambition to succeed on a day-to-day basis.”

Clarke admitted he decided to turn his attention to boxing nine years ago after becoming frustrated in team sports.

He revealed: “In 2009 I began boxing. I was decent at football, but we weren’t getting the results we needed as a team. So, I thought I’d do something that would reward me for the effort that I put in because I always give 100%.

“When you’re playing as a team, other people’s efforts don’t look or feel the same as yours.

“The squad in Sheffield has a team spirit at the same time which is great even though it’s a single person sport.

“At each weight, there are three or four guys trying to take one spot, so we have the best fighters in the same gym competing. It puts you in good stead to beat anybody,” he added.

The competition at Gold Coast will commence from April 5, concluding April 14.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95