Team GB boxer weighs up pro move after mixed emotions of Tokyo 2020

British Olympian Cheavon Clarke is contemplating a move into professional boxing following his early disappointment at the Tokyo Games.

Clarke was a member of Team GB’s 11-strong boxing team that experienced tremendous success in the 2020 Olympic Games.

All expectations were crushed as they won six medals, including golds for Galal Yafai and Lauren Price.

Clarke unfortunately crashed out of the heavyweight competition in the round of 16, losing to Brazil’s Abner Teixeira in a narrow bout.

The 30-year-old was unable to stay in the Olympic village to cheer on his teammates due to strict Covid-19 restrictions, and was forced to reflect on his Tokyo experience when he landed back in the UK.

“It was a swift turnaround, the emotions were still fresh when I was getting on the plane home,” Clarke told Metro.co.uk. “But for me, that wasn’t a bad thing. I was devastated. I wanted to get home.

“The emotion I’m still experiencing now is pretty much the same as the one on that flight home and I don’t think that will ever change.

“I have spoken to people who found themselves in similar situations, I think that is just the way it is when you are a competitor. It just won’t change.”

While he remains disappointed, Clarke praised the team’s success and believes the Tokyo medal haul for British boxing may never be replicated.

He is now resting after five years of vigorous training, and Clarke is now considering the move into the professional arena as he believes he is ready for the challenges – in and out of the ring – that the code carries.

“People have been calling, but I’m on a break now!” the Olympian added. “I need time to chill, I’m boxed out from the last five years. I’m just letting the body rest up – but we will make a decision and go from there soon.

“There are politics in everything we do. If that was the only issue, nothing would get done and nobody would get forward. You’ve just got to look at the cards you are dealt and play them accordingly.

“You have just got to be careful. I have not done it before so I will have to be careful and swim around the sharks.”

While he has not ruled out another crack at the Olympics ahead of Paris 2024, Clarke is confident he will make the right decision after speaking to big names such as Kal Yafai, Luke Campbell and Tony Bellew.

He could also follow in the footsteps of fellow Olympians Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce in turning professional, but for now it is time for Clarke to relax.

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