Ste Clarke maintains perfect record after producing career-best performance

Ste Clarke

Ste Clarke believes he produced the best performance of his professional career so far as he maintained his perfect record against Jordan Grannum.

Clarke, who claimed a points win over Artjom Spatar last time out, returned to the ring against the well-travelled Grannum at the Olympia on Saturday night. Grannum, who has had over 150 professional bouts compared to Clarke’s three, was a step up in opponent for the former Rotunda ABC man.

However, to his credit, Clarke showcased the best of his boxing ability, as he won every round of the six-round contest, picking up a 60-54 victory.

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“I am happy with the performance, as we knew tonight that we were going in with a tricky opponent,” he said after the fight.

“He has given plenty of prospects tough nights, so I knew I had to stay composed and get the job done.”

Asked if he agreed that it was his career best performance to date, Clarke replied: “I would agree with that. Ste said at the end that was the best he had seen me.

“In my last fight, I got a little complacent. I knew tonight he was going to be hard to stop, so just focus on my boxing and stay calm.

“The plan was to have a rest next, but we have been offered something exciting, so that should get announced in the next week or so.

“A little week's rest, then back in the gym with Ste and learning and improving all the time. Then onto the next one.”

Clarke is trained by former world champion Stephen Smith and is managed by former British champion Paul Smith, and he believes he is benefiting from working alongside the pair on a daily basis.

“I have said from day one that I couldn’t have asked for a better team around me," he said. "They are boss people; they are not just my coaches but my friends.

“I see them day in and day out, and they mean a lot to me. I honestly thank these people enough for the help and support they show me each day.”

Reflecting on his fighter’s performance, trainer Smith said: “I said to him straight away at the end that I was really, really pleased. Jordan can be a tough night for anyone when he is on it.

“I thought it was the best education he has had up to now. I was really happy with the stuff he showed in the gym.

“We have had a few mini faults creeping in in the odd fight, but they were things we went away and worked on, and I thought he showed a lot of it tonight.

“He is getting better every day, and he is a baby. He is 22 years of age, but he is an absolute pleasure to coach. He gives me everything he has every day. The future is bright.”