Team GB Olympian, Cheavon Clarke has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
Matchroom confirmed the signing of Clarke on Friday and Hearn added that details of his debut would be released in due course.
Born in Jamaica, the 31-year-old moved to England when he was 11-years-old and initially started boxing as a means of staying fit, before starring in the novice ranks.
The Gravesend native had a stellar amateur career which saw him secure multiple bronze medals including at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 European Games, whilst he claimed a silver medal at the 2017 European Championships.
Clarke, who who is trained by Sam Mullings at Churchill’s Boxing Club in South London and will compete as a cruiserweight, was part of Britain’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad, beaten in the last 16 by Brazil’s Abner Teixeira.
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“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.
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“I just like the way the Matchroom shows are. There’s a legacy behind it. Speaking to people behind the scenes and speaking to Eddie, it felt right and it was a simple decision. 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 Cheavron Clarke. There can only be one of anybody and I’m just the best Cheavron Clarke I can be. C4Boxing x Matchroom has been a long time coming!”
“I’m delighted to welcome Team GB Olympian Cheavon Clarke to the Matchroom Boxing team,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn.
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“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.
“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.”
Clarke becomes Matchroom’s first signing from the Tokyo 2022 Team GB Olympic team, whilst fellow Olympians Frazer Clarke and Caroline Dubois joined BOXXER, whilst twins, Pat and Luke McCormack signed with Probellum.