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'Calculated risk' - how to plot a heavyweight's rise

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a man in a blue uniform holding a football ball: Frazer Clarke © Associated Press Frazer Clarke

Frazer Clarke will move "as quickly as Joe Joyce" to reach world heavyweight title level within years, says promoter Ben Shalom.

The 2020 Olympic bronze medallist at super-heavyweight has signed pro terms with BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing and, aged 30, is plotting a quick impact among his new rivals.

"Joe Joyce is the easiest to compare. He is an obvious comparison," said BOXXER promoter Shalom.

"Frazer will have to move as quickly as Joe, who is now 35 and is in world title contention.

"By the time Frazer is 35, we'd be very disappointed if he hasn't already had a world title fight.

"He will have to move quickly in the next few years but also carefully."

Joyce won silver at the 2016 Olympics and is now an undefeated pro, closing in on his first world title shot.

Clarke can emulate Joyce's fast-tracked route to the top of the division, Shalom believes.

"We will take calculated risks with him," he said.

"But Frazer is a world-class operator. You aren't as successful as Frazer in the Team GB set-up unless you are world-class.

"We think Frazer will deal with most heavyweights quite comfortably. We have no worries.

"We want to give him every opportunity possible.

"We plan to keep him active so he can learn his trade. We think he will be perfect for the professional game because he has power and variety."

Clarke is set to announce his professional debut soon.

"Frazer can appeal to the biggest possible sports audience," Shalom said.

"He will begin with six-rounders - he wants to start quickly, there will be no messing around.

"We'll see what Frazer is all about.

"He is learning a lot of new things from his trainer Angel Fernandez."

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

Sunday January 30 - Top Rank in TulsaRobson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez - WBC super-featherweight title eliminator

Saturday February 5 (targeted) - BOXXER in CardiffChris Eubank Jr vs Liam WilliamsClaressa Shields vs Ema Kozin - IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles

Sunday February 6 - Top Rank in FresnoJose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza

Saturday February 19 - BOXXER in ManchesterAmir Khan vs Kell Brook

Saturday February 26 - BOXXER and Top Rank in GlasgowJosh Taylor vs Jack Catterall - undisputed super-lightweight titles

Joe Joyce is among the world title scene

Joe Joyce is among the world title scene
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