By Shaun Brown
Unbeaten British cruiserweight prospect Lawrence Okolie (4-0, 4 KOs) returns to action on September 1 at London's York Hall.
The 24-year-old heavy hitter hasn't went past the first round in his first four outings with Geoffrey Cave, Lukasz Rusiewicz, Rudolf Helesic and Russell Henshaw all succumbing to the developing reputable power of Okolie.
His fifth fight will form part of Matchroom's NXT GEN series which is used as a platform for their up and coming prospects to be showcased on a smaller platform and in smaller venues.
The 2016 Olympian, promoted by Eddie Hearn but managed by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is making noises in the British cruiserweight ranks and is developing an interesting rivalry with fellow London cruiser Isaac Chamberlain (8-0, 3 KOs). One that will likely see the pair meet sooner rather than later.
No further announcements have been made on who else will be fighting on the September 1 card which will be shown on Sky Sports.
IN OTHER NEWS: At the 29th Annual Conference of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), in Uncasville, Connecticut, President of the World Boxing Council Mauricio Sulaiman described the creation of boxing commissions and the development of Boxing, plus the challenges that it faces today.
He urged continued work to develop a increasingly safer, attractive and fairer sport. The WBC President talked about instant replay during fights, certification of ring officials, sound cancelling headphones for judges, as well as the utilization of open scoring to the public, and the prevention of mismatched fights. He proposed to reinforce the issuance of international licenses for boxers, greater cooperation between commissions and federations, and the integration of a risk index of boxers.
Mauricio called for renewing and strengthening the social commitment of the entire boxing family to help those who really need it most, recalling the great power of this sport and boxing figures to promote community work in order to help the most vulnerable people.
The WBC will be participating in the event "Beyond Sport United 2017" in New York, which reunites the major sports leagues of the United States like MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA in their common goal of helping via sport.