Frazer Clarke is already targeting Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to “inspire” him as his heavyweight challenge begins.
The bronze Olympic heavyweight medalist GB will fight for the first time as a professional on February 19, live at the Sky Sports Box Office, on the Amir Khan vs Kell Brook cards.
Clarke has high goals: “I want to win titles. That’s my job, my goal.”
“In the end, I want to be world champion. We will build stably and the fights will end.
“In the end, I want to be up there with big names.
“I want to fight the people who inspire me – Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua.
“We saw Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker fight great.
“These are the nights I want.
“I want all the big names, all the big matches, but I understand it’s a process.”
Clarke, 30, has signed professional terms with Sky Sports Boxing and BOXXER, whose promoter Ben Shalom compares him to Joe Joyce.
Joyce won silver at the 2016 Olympics and is now undefeated and lined up for the world heavyweight title.
“By the time Frazer is 35, we would be very disappointed if he didn’t have a world title anymore,” Shalom said.
“We will take the calculated risks with him.
“We think Frazer can handle most of the heavy weights quite comfortably. We have no worries.”
Clarke believes he can reach the peak of heavy weight in five years: “100 percent – the way I train, the way I feel.
“I am improving like a good wine!
“Thirty-five is a great age – until then I will definitely be world champion.
“It takes a lot of work. People don’t see what I put in the gym every day.”
Clarke enters the heavyweight landscape, which includes last summer’s gold medalist Bakhodir Jalolov and silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr.
He believes that his amateur and Olympic career will benefit him: “In the long run, it will be a huge help.
“I experienced different styles of boxing, I was all over the world, I had a few tough matches against some of the top names.
“It’s a new sport and a new challenge. I knew I had to improve.”
Sky Sports Box schedule
Sunday, January 16 – Top Rank in New York
Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard – WBO title in lightweight
Sunday, January 30 – Best position in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC title eliminator
Saturday, February 5 (targeted) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC medium weight titles
Saturday, February 19 – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Frazer Clark’s professional debut
Saturday, February 26 – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – Undisputed super lightweight titles
Saturday, March 5 – Top Rank in Fresno
José Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza