The Croatian super heavyweight from Dicmo near Sinj, MARKO MILUN, failed to defeat British player Fraser Clarke in one of the most important matches of his career so far. In the quarter-finals of the Paris Olympic qualifiers, the 24-year-old Mirren lost to Anthony Joshua, the top favorite and training partner of the tournament, and a tenacious fighter who sacrificed his career in order to realize the Olympic dream. Went to Tokyo for the third time. The British succeeded, and the Croatian representative hopes to pass the World Boxing Federation rankings and place him in Tokyo. Only four super heavyweights will advance directly from Paris to Tokyo, that is, only semi-finalists.
Mirren lost to Clark by the referee’s unanimous decision (5-0), turning his Olympic dream into a theory.
The more experienced Clark managed to impose his fighting style, using more weight and weight, and from static, dirty combat, a lot of push, fall, pull and grip strength successfully in the first and second rounds. Two punches were made. At this moment, the referee in the ring counted Mirren who was still trying to shake, but the referee from Guatemala kept warning him to bend and warned him publicly in the second round.
This game with more interruptions and delays is more suitable for the British who are slower, more difficult, and have time and space to rest, while Mirren has not played his main advantage, speed and maneuverability.
In the third game, Mirren started his final charge and saved the two losing games, because it was obvious that only a break can reverse the situation. During that match, Mirren was more agile and outstanding. Once he crocheted Clark on the defender, but the experienced British boxer has been looking for a path to the Olympics since 2012, keeping the Croatian representative. The offense preserved the points advantage of the first two rounds.
“Today is the end of an important chapter in my life. Everything I did was because of this opportunity. I regret to miss it. As for the competition, I have never been lucky, so this time I will not.” We all tried our best. “In the fierce battle, I lost consciousness at the beginning. I suspected the pierced eardrum. No matter what, I didn’t fully realize the game,” Mirren said after the defeat.
“I want to thank everyone who has selflessly supported me in the past five years, from the highest peak to the deepest abyss. I am most grateful to my family, coach Leonard Petraghi and brother Savage,” said the Croatian boxer. And emphasized that the Olympic cycle ended with a sense of satisfaction.
“My love for boxing has been enriched by another great experience, and you can expect more from me in the future. My smallness and the most difficult sport in the world have just begun,” he concluded in a report. Paris.
Let us remind you that Filip Hrgović, a bronze medalist from Rio, withdrew from the Tokyo combination after the world qualifiers he planned to win a place in were cancelled due to the pandemic. In the European qualifiers of the super heavyweight category, Croatia had only one spot, and it was a number of Croatian champions Mirren who applied for the event, while Helgovic devoted himself to his career.