Frazer Clarke will step up to the ten-round distance for the first time against Polish veteran Mariusz Wach on June 16th at York Hall.

The announcement comes eight days after BOXXER withdrew Clarke from a scheduled purse bid which will have seen him face British champion Fabio Wardley.

Promoter Ben Shalom explained to various outlets that Clarke has not fought over ten rounds since turning professional in February 2022 and, while he would not rule out a Wardley match-up for later in the year, the priority is to take Clarke’s development step-by-step.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympian stepped up against late replacement Bogdan Dinu in March but the Romanian retired after two rounds following an injury sustained to his ribs.

Nevertheless, Clarke is optimistic Wach will provide ample preparation for a potential fight with Wardley later in 2023.

Shalom is eager to get rounds under Clarke’s belt before he challenges for titles. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

“I’m glad that we’re finally able to announce this fight and let people see the kind of challenges I’m looking for”, said Clarke.

“Mariusz Wach is a very tough opponent, his record speaks for itself – look at the names he’s been in there with and the kind of fights he’s had with them. So I hope it’s clear to everyone now that Frazer Clarke isn’t afraid of anyone.”

“I’m in this game to be world champion and the pathway has always been carefully planned. A lot has been said about me lately but people don’t know what goes on behind the scenes.

“Myself and my promoter Ben Shalom are on the same page and we’re executing the plan step by step. I expect to have the British heavyweight championship belt round my waist by the end of the year – but first I have to handle Mariusz Wach.”

Wach has only been stopped four times among the nine losses on his record.

The 43-year-old has lost his last three fights however, including a sixth-round stoppage defeat to Arslanbek Makhmadov in February last year.

Shalom however remains optimistic that Wach will provide the necessary step-up as Clarke continues to develop in the pro ranks.

“This is a great fight for Frazer Clarke. Mariusz Wach is a very tough customer who has shared the ring with some of the biggest names in the sport with some memorable performances.

“Frazer Clarke is taking a big step up on June 16th but these are the challenges needs as he makes his way to the top.”

Slough super-lightweight Adam Azim headlines the card next month as he takes on Ukraine’s Aram Faryan.

Tokyo 2020 Olympian Caroline Dubois also features against Yanina Lescano as Dubois to continues to mould herself as one of the sport’s brightest developing talents.

Featured image: Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

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