Team GB cruiserweight star Cheavon Clarke turns professional with Matchroom

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Team GB cruiserweight Cheavon Clarke has signed a long-term promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

After moving to England from Jamaica when he was 11 years old, Clarke started boxing in order to keep fit, but it wasn't long until he started making his mark on the amateur and won various competitions across the country.

Clarke then enrolled onto GB boxing in 2017, winning a siler medal at the European Championship in Ukraine before enjoying success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he picked up a bronze medal in the heavyweight category.

Clarke was then chosen to represent Team GB at last Summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, but was beaten by Brazil's Abner Teixeira in the last 16.

"I’m delighted to have signed a long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and I can’t wait to make my professional debut this year,” said Clarke.

“This feels like the perfect time to get my journey in the pro ranks on the road. As an amateur I won the ABA title twice, I won bronze at the Commonwealth Games, I won a European silver medal and I qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

"I didn’t achieve what I set out to achieve at the Olympics. I wanted to win a medal, but I didn’t – and that wasn’t good enough. It was still a great experience though and something that I can always say that I’ve done.
“I’ll bring that excitement and explosiveness, ferociousness and bad intentions. I can do it all.

"I can mix it all up. I can give you a bit of the Mike Tyson, a bit of the Ali, the Roy Jones. Ultimately, I’m Cheavon Clarke. There can only be one of anybody and I’m just the best Cheavon Clarke I can be."

Matchroom's Eddie Hearn also expressed his excitement about signing Clarke and believes he will eventually challenge for world titles at 200lbs.

"I’ve followed Chev’s progress for a number of years now and he is a brilliant talent with a powerful personality and story that will make him hugely popular among fight fans," Hearn said.

"His vast amateur experience will allow him to move nice and quickly in the pro game and after debuting soon in the U.K. he will have the opportunity to box all over the world on DAZN as we move him towards the Cruiserweight World Championships.”


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