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Frazer Clarke’s opponent Jake Darnell was in public training Amir Khan vs Kell Brook as a fan on Wednesday, then was knocked out by the heavyweight Olympic medalist on undercard


Jake Darnell has revealed he watched Amir Khan’s public practice against Kell Brook as a fan in the crowd on Wednesday, and had no idea he would end up fighting on the undercard four days later.

The heavyweight lost his professional boxing debut in bizarre circumstances live on talkSPORT on Saturday night.

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Darnell took the fight on incredibly short notice

Team GB Olympic bronze medalist Frazer Clarke struggled to find an opponent for his fight on the show, which was his debut following his success in Tokyo last August.

Due to this situation, the matchmakers approached Darnell’s manager at the last minute and arranged the fight at the Manchester Arena.

Darnell told iFL TV: “I was in public practice on Wednesday, I asked my manager, ‘Come on mate, can you get me a ticket?’

“He was like, ‘It’s not gonna happen.’

“I received a call Thursday from him. He was like, ‘I got you a ticket to the fight, but you have to fight Frazer.’

“So I’m like, ‘No dramas, let’s go. “”

Frazer Clarke’s opponent Jake Darnell was in public training Amir Khan vs Kell Brook as a fan on Wednesday, then was knocked out by the heavyweight Olympic medalist on undercard

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Clarke was of course a big favourite…

Frazer Clarke’s opponent Jake Darnell was in public training Amir Khan vs Kell Brook as a fan on Wednesday, then was knocked out by the heavyweight Olympic medalist on undercard

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…but Darnell tried anyway

Darnell continued, “I work with children in care.

“I took down one of the kids, he just started boxing himself.

“He wanted to go watch them, see all the famous boxers.

“I was like, ‘Yeah let’s go.’

“I was over there watching, tried to get a ticket, couldn’t get one.

“Phone call 24 hours later, ‘You can come, but you have to fight.'”

Frazer Clarke’s opponent Jake Darnell was in public training Amir Khan vs Kell Brook as a fan on Wednesday, then was knocked out by the heavyweight Olympic medalist on undercard

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The fight was a mismatch

Darnell has no illusions about the task ahead.

He admitted: “It’s a big ask, everyone knows it’s a big ask, but why would you say no?

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Just being with everyone is a dream for me.

“Getting in the ring and fighting on that stage is amazing.

“My friends don’t even believe me.

“Nothing to lose, let’s try with him, maybe cause an upset.”

In the end, no upset was caused when Darnell’s corner threw in the towel in the first round.

Frazer Clarke’s opponent Jake Darnell was in public training Amir Khan vs Kell Brook as a fan on Wednesday, then was knocked out by the heavyweight Olympic medalist on undercard

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Clarke was way too good for Darnell

Frazer Clarke’s opponent Jake Darnell was in public training Amir Khan vs Kell Brook as a fan on Wednesday, then was knocked out by the heavyweight Olympic medalist on undercard

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It was all over in one go

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