By Elliot Foster
Lawrence Okolie got his professional debut over with in double-quick time.
The 2016 Olympian, who inked promotional terms with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing ahead of turning over, was in action on the undercard of Jorge Linares’ points victory over Anthony Crolla.
At the Manchester Arena, in front of the few that remained after the main event, Okolie took just 20 seconds to rid Geoffrey Cave of his senses, courtesy of two huge right hands, leaving the referee with no option but to call for urgent medical attention.
Thankfully, Cave, who slips to 0-3, left the ring on his feet after being given oxygen by ringside paramedics.
But for Okolie, it only bodes well for the future.
Boxing Scene understands that Okolie will soon be added to the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title showdown against Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, which is set to take place in front of 90,000 fans.
Also on the undercard of Linares’ victory over Crolla –– and in the final fight of the night –– Tomi Tatham was stopped inside a round by Karel Horejsek.