Cheavon Clarke Profile
|Born||Dec 14, 1990|
|Birthplace||Montego Bay, Jamaica|
Cheavon Clarke is an amateur fighter saw his Olympic dream disappear after a round of 16 defeat to Brazil's Abner Teixeira.
Cheavon Clarke's life story is a remarkable one. He has cheated death twice. Aged eight, he fell off a ladder and impaled himself on a spike and almost died.
Clarke moved to England from Jamaica with his mum and sister at the age of 10. Then when he was 18 he flatlined in hospital after a burst appendix.
Born in Montego Bay, Clarke competed for Jamaica at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Gravesend fighter then almost quit the sport following the Commonwealths to become a lorry driver.
Instead he changed allegiance to England and Great Britain and soon after won the England Boxing elite national finals in 2017.
He joined the GB Boxing squad soon after and was promoted to the Podium Squad later the same year.
The heavyweight, who trains at Gravesham Amateur Boxing Club in Kent won a silver medal in 2017 at the European Championships.
He also has three bronze medals from the Commonwealth Games, EU Championships and World Championships.
Tokyo Olympics 2020
Clarke tasted heartbreak in his first bout at the Kokugikan Arena.
After receiving a bye in the first round he was handed a favourable drawn against Brazil's Abner Teixeira.
Clarke though could not get the better of his younger opponent despite a bright start.
In a first round full of body shots, Clarke took the round on three of the five judges cards.
Teixeira took the second round, which was again dominated by body shots.
And in a close final round, in which the GB boxer was warned to lift his head, Teixeira edged it, despite the Cuban judge giving Clarke all three rounds.
The German judge saw it 30-27 the other way and Teixeira took the other three judges' votes 29-28.
Cheavon Clarke booked his spot at the Tokyo Olympics by winning his heavyweight quarter-final at the Paris qualifying tournament.
Clarke took a split decision against Greece's Vagkan Nanitzanian in the quarter-final. He used his jab to good effect and landed some heavy right hands to see off his mobile, younger opponent.
The Jamaican-born heavyweight missed out on a place in the final though after losing on a split decision to Emmanuel Reyes Pla of Spain.
Clarke's taller and more mobile opponent proved hard to pin down and the Spaniard was a worthy 4-1 winner.
World and European gold medallist Muslim Gadzhimagomedov from Russia defeated Reyes Pla in the final, via a split decision.
Bronze in Minsk
Clarke secured GB's first boxing medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk in June 2019.
He registered a unanimous victory over Holland's vastly experienced Peter Mullenberg in his heavyweight quarter-final.
But he was beaten in the semi-final, losing 4-1 to the Belarussian Uladzislau Smiahlikau.
Clarke was back in action at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen in February 2021.
But he was beaten by the exciting, but inexperienced European Youth Champion Wilfried Florentin from France.
Clarke would have guaranteed another bronze medal had he topped his more youthful opponent and he started well with some successful hooks.
However, Florentin put his foot on the gas and produced a scintillating final round in which Clarke had to be counted twice.
Clarke took some heavy combinations and Florentin took the split decision with an impressive final burst.
Clarke grew up in the small town of Stonehenge, near Montego Bay in Jamaica.
The super heavyweight amateur star moved to England with his mum and sister at the age of 10 and started school in Kent.
Having represented Jamaica in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he made the Team GB squad in 2017.
Clarke is estimated to be worth around $1million.
Cheavon Clarke News
- Jul 23, 2021