EXCLUSIVE: Frazer Clarke says sparring with Tyson Fury’s next opponent Derek Chisora, cruiserweight star Richard Riakporhe and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Delicious Orie set him up for success against Kamil Sokolowski
- Frazer Clarke has taken training to a whole new level for his fourth pro fight
- Clarke claims his sparring partners helped him prepare for Sokolowski
- Clarke Spent Time Sparring With Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent Derek Chisora
- The 31-year-old also spars with cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe
- Clarke also trained with Delicious Orie and Delicious Orie at his camp
Frazer Clarke has taken training to a whole new level ahead of his fourth professional fight and claims his sparring partners helped him prepare for Saturday night’s Kamil Sokolowski.
Known as one of the toughest opponents for newcomers to the heavyweight division, Sokolowski is expected to give the Olympic bronze medalist the first real test of his professional career.
That’s why Clarke has spent time sparring with Tyson Fury’s next opponent Derek Chisora, cruiserweight star Richard Riakporhe and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Delicious Orie leading up to the fight.
Frazer Clarke has taken training to a whole new level for his fourth professional fight
Clarke made the decision to leave his training base at Loughborough University to travel to London to train with Chisora.
He said training with the 38-year-old, who is preparing for his third fight with Fury on December 3, has been extremely beneficial.
He told Sports post: ‘Derek is very experienced. He’s someone you can’t resist. That is very similar to Sokolowski. I can’t afford to turn against him at any point.
Clarke (left) has spent time sparring with Tyson Fury’s next opponent Derek Chisora (right)
The 31-year-old also spars with cruiserweight star Richard Riakporhe (right)
“As far as Derek’s advantage goes, I’m sure how much I can help him by looking like Fury. That’s because he’s a phenomenon. It’s been great rounds for me.’
Clarke said it was important to work with many different styles during his sparring sessions. That is why he arranged extra sessions with Riakporhe, Orie and Fabio Wardley, among others.
Riakporhe is currently undefeated as a professional 15-0 after taking a second round TKO win over Fabio Turchi in June.
Orie has been described as the next Anthony Joshua after his success at the Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham.
As Wardley takes on current IBF International champion Nathan Gorman for the British Championship on the Dillian Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin undercard.
Speaking of his sparring sessions with Riakporhe, Orie and Wardley, Clarke said, “I’ve had some great cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe too. He offers a lot of speed.
He has also trained with Delicious Orie – who has been described as the next Anthony Joshua after his success at the Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham
Clarke continued: ‘I’ve been with British title contender Fabio Wardley, I was sparring with him last week.
“Of all the heavyweights I’ve had in my camp, I thought Arlo Stevens was a great amateur coming through. Delicious Orie is a Commonwealth Champion.
‘I think it’s good to mix it with all those different styles. You learn something new every day. What I did learn is that you can’t knock out in this game.”
Clarke also got help from his friend and from former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. He said AJ was there to give advice and give him water during his training sessions.