Joshua accepts responsibility and has moved on – Frazer

September 29, 2020
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Jamaica’s Joshua Frazer (second left) stands atop the  podium after beating Marat Gashimov (left) in the final of the Leszek Drogosz Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kielce, Poland, on October 25, 2019.
File Jamaica’s Joshua Frazer (second left) stands atop the podium after beating Marat Gashimov (left) in the final of the Leszek Drogosz Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kielce, Poland, on October 25, 2019.

Dewith Frazer, the father and coach of the 2019 national welterweight boxing champion, Joshua Frazer, who was surprisingly disqualified at the national championships in January, said the boxer accepted responsibility for his actions and has overcome the disappointment.

Joshua Frazer, who has won medals fighting some of the best amateur in North, Central America and the Caribbean, is one of Jamaica's best hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. However, at the national championships, the 26-year-old was disqualified by referee Kevin Stupart for unsportsmanlike conduct in the welterweight final against Miami-based Jameer Edward.

Edward had caught Frazer below the belt in the first round, and it caused tensions to flare between the two boxers. Then midway the second round, which was more like a wrestling match, Stupart disqualified Frazer and awarded the fight to Edward.

But the senior Frazer said Joshua has accepted responsibility for his behaviour in the fight.

The young Frazer could get a chance to redeem himself as the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB) president, Stephen 'Bomba' Jones, announced recently that the JBB intend to restage the national championships. Dewith Frazer is confident his son will not only be at the Olympic Games but will do well at the games.

"Everything is fine with Joshua. He is in a really good state of mind and good shape right now. He's training really hard. He was disappointed with what happened earlier this year at the championship. But he's not a guy that lives in the past, he lives in the future. But what happened at the national championship, he takes ownership for that.

"He knows when you are involved in something, you have to take responsibility for what you do. Because as a fighter sometimes you live in moments and there is a lot of emotion and ego and sometimes that get in the way, especially in your youth. But he knows he will have the opportunity to rectify that and he is really excited to regain that championship belt," the elder Frazer told STAR Sports.

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