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Joshua-Klitschko: Lawrence Okolie To Face Russ Henshaw

By Elliot Foster

Lawrence Okolie has had his third professional antagonist identified.

The Hackney cruiserweight, who is 2-0 with two early in the paid code since turning over last month, will fight in front of 90,000 people this weekend.

Okolie, 24, will box on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title showdown against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday (April 29).

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And the 2016 Olympian, who was let out of the cage after inking terms with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport earlier this year, will be the first floating contest on the bill which is set to be opened by ‘Welsh Wizard’ Joe Cordina.

Okolie has just two minutes and 56 seconds of combined ring time under his belt since turning professional and he will be looking to make short work of a former scheduled foe.

He was meant to come up against Russell Henshaw (7-4, 2 KOs) on his professional debut on March 25, as part of the undercard to Jorge Linares’ world lightweight title victory against Anthony Joshua at Manchester Arena, but the 32-year-old Ilkeston man was forced out of the fight after being stopped in his previous outing.

The showdown has now been rescheduled for the Sky Sports Box Office-aired card and will take place on the bill which will also be jointly broadcast on HBO and Showtime in the United States.

Scott Quigg faces Viorel Simion in an eliminator for the IBF world featherweight title, while Luke Campbell and Darleys Perez clash for the number one spot in the WBA at lightweight.

Irish sensation Katie Taylor faces Nina Meinke for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title which doubles up as an official world title eliminator and there is action for undefeated Josh Kelly, who faces his second opponent since turning professional earlier this month.

Sky Sports Box Office will show Joshua v Klitschko exclusively live on April 29. To book go to www.skysports.com/joshua.

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