By day, he’s a budding lawyer – using his verbal sparring skills to put the opposition on the ropes. By night, China Clarke swops his silk tie for silk shorts and the boxing ring, as he prepares to put his unbeaten fight record on the line on Saturday 24th September.
China splits his time between city centre legal practice, where he is learning the ropes to become a commercial solicitor, and pounding punch bags at Burmantofts gym. Aged 32, he is a 6ft 4in cruiserweight, unbeaten in seven professional bouts. He fights John Anthony at the Leeds United Banqueting Suite, Elland Road, on Saturday in a long-awaited rematch – their last bout ended in a draw.
Currently living in Meanwood, China was born in Headingley and attended Spring Bank Primary, St Michael’s Middle School and Abbey Grange, before embarking on a business and law course at Leeds Trinity University College in Horsforth.
“There are many parallels between preparing for a big court case and readying for a big fight” he said. “In boxing, I look for angles in which to deliver the decisive blow, and push forward methodically to achieve victory – and it’s very much the same approach with law.”
A limited numbers of tickets for China’s bout are still available and can be obtained by calling 07866 775560