Lawrence Okolie: I Believe I'll Win a World Title Inside 12 Months

Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lawrence Okolie is gunning for a goal to capture a world title within a year's time.

With new trainer Shane McGuigan by his side for the first time, Okolie will defend his British and Commonwealth belts against Jack Massey at the Manchester Arena on July 6.

According to Okolie, talks of a fight with WBA champion Denis Lebedev have gone nowhere - with no bout against the Russian puncher in sight.

"I've heard nothing about Lebedev," Okolie told Sky Sports. "The last I heard was that he was going to retire. I'm trying not to focus on any one person now. You realise that boxing is a game full of disappointments, I thought it was happening and I'd become a world champion this summer, then it didn't and it's difficult to take."

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Okolie, should he beat Massey, plans to pursue his world title dreams.

Okolie has a lot of solid fighters to lean on in his new gym, like Josh Taylor, Luke Campbell and fellow cruiserweight Chris Billam-Smith.

"If I beat Jack, I'll start making my way to world level. I do believe I'll win a world title inside 12 months. I've got ambitions to become a world champion and to be a millionaire, I'm neither of those things yet," Okolie said.

"People talk but eventually they have to fight and when you're in the ring, it's no longer fun and games. I'm either a really dis-likeable guy to other cruiserweights or they're all threatened by me. When you're on top of the mountain, in my case the domestic scene, people will bark up to you. They think beating me changes their lives."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 06-14-2019

The worst fighter to watch in boxing? It used to be Sam Soliman.

Comment by giant_king on 06-13-2019

I don't know much about this young man but I hope he gets the millions he's working for then invest it and retire.the human head isn't meant to be hitting.pray for are boxers mix martial artists and football players.

Comment by Adamsc151 on 06-13-2019

If Okolie's going to try be a Wilder type fighter and rely purely on single shot power then he's going to have to work a lot on his timing to avoid getting tangled up in untidy clinches all of the…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 06-13-2019

Okolie is a good guy. He’s very willing to find his level very quickly. That should be the point of the game but it really isn’t. He gets criticism but he steps it up. I don’t think he thinks he’s…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-13-2019

hes got probably world level power but little else, he should keep learning, getting the experience which will serve him well before making that huge jump.

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