Lawrence Okolie Drops, Decisions Chamberlain To Settle Beef

By Miguel Assuncao

O2 Arena, London - Lawrence Okolie (7-0-0, 6KOs) beats Isaac Chamberlain (9-0-0, 4KOs) on points over ten rounds in a scrappy contest at London’s 02 Arena.

Rio 2016 Olympian Okolie, 25, scored two knockdowns and landed the higher volumes of punches to win a unanimous decision.

The Hackney fighter picked up the WBA Continental Cruiserweight title in the process, but perhaps more importantly, came out on top in a grudge match between two rising prospects.


The pre-fight build up saw several heated exchanges between the pair and that intensity was carried into the ring from the off as Okolie dropped Chamberlain with a straight right in the opening round.

‘Chambo’, 23, struggled to deal with Okolie's vastly superior reach and the exchanges become riddled with holding by both men.

The referee docked the Brixton man a point in the second and brought the fighters together in the fourth to warn them to stop the untidy work on the inside.

Okolie landed another crisp right hand in the sixth that forced Chamberlain to touch down for a second time as the 'Sauce' continued to get the better of the exchanges.

Chamberlain did push the pace as the fight entered the latter rounds but was unable to land any telling shots and Okolie deservedly won the fight on points, despite himself having a point docked for holding in the ninth.

Danny Dignum (4-0-0, 2KOs) chalks up his fifth professional win with a four round points win over Darryl Sharp (5-28-0, 0KOs) in the final fight of the night.

Essex man Dignum was first to the punch throughout and deservedly won 40-36 on the referee's scorecard.

Having lost his last 14 bouts, Sharp, 26, was content to try absorb minimal punishment and try to land a power shot at the end of exchanges but never had Dignum in trouble.

Dignum, 25, had the reach advantage and put it to good use as he targeted head and body and looked relaxed as he eased to a decision win.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by wellard on 02-04-2018

That British beef had mad cow disease, shocking fight. All that talk of Chamberlain having the better boxing skills if it went rounds, he couldn't even string a jab together! Thank the boxing gods for the WBSS last night.

Comment by stellen on 02-04-2018

Two good rounds, the rest was dross. Some of the worst british beef ive ever tasted.

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 02-04-2018

chamberlain is a light heavyweight..okolie did what he had to do to get the W..both men still need a lot of fights to much for "british beef" more like sour british beef

Comment by Kezzer on 02-04-2018

After watching this fight he reallyneeds to look of he is able to drop down a division? Not sure how far, weight wise, he is from that? It was just out strengthened throughout , simple punches were knocking him out…

Comment by E10Rifle on 02-03-2018

[QUOTE=Chrismart;18459573]I haven't caught this one yet. I opted for Gassiev/Dorticos and recorded the Sky Card. I'm going to watch it tomorrow, but from what people have said about it..I'm not particularly looking forward to it haha![/QUOTE] Truly dreadful main event.…

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