Okolie Hopes To Move on To Next Level on Joshua Undercard

By Terence Dooley

Hackney-based Lawrence Okolie (9-0, 7 KOs) meets British cruiserweight champion Matty Askin at Wembley Stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday night as part of the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Alexander Povetkin.

Aand the 25-year-old hopes to steal the show from his great friend and mentor by netting the Lonsdale title with an impressive performance.

Okolie hopes to follow in Joshua’s world title winning footsteps and has already earned the WBA Continental and Commonwealth titles, but he believes that a win over Askin would help propel him further up the ratings and that if he continues to progess at this pace a world title tilt will become inevitable.

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“My ultimate goal is to be the unified world champion and I want to go down the traditional route: clean up domestically and prove to myself and the fans that I belong at that level,” he said when speaking to the Islington Gazette.

“Matty is a very experienced fighter who is ranked in the top 10 in the world.  I want to make my way towards the world scene and so I need to be able to beat people like Matty to do that.  I've won the Commonwealth title in my first two years and I want to keep that trajectory going by winning the British title and hopefully winning a world title before the next Olympics.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn certainly agrees with this assessment, he believes that the Askin fight is an even money fight, and one that will give Okolie more to think about and a lot to do if he is to emerge victorius.  “Lawrence is continuously surprising me with his desire to step up, but this is by far his biggest jump,” said Hearn.

He added: “I rate Askin very highly and he has shown much improvement in his last couple of fights.  This is another genuine 50-50 fight for the undercard.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DramaShow on 09-22-2018

thats your last exposure high up on a hearn undercard son, you stunk the place out.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 09-22-2018

not with performances like what he just put in

Comment by Mick Higgs on 09-22-2018

I've lost a lot of respect for Okey, There was no reason to relinquish the Commonwealth title. Matt has noyhing to win here, just something to lose!

Comment by BUCSBronzemedal on 09-22-2018

Give credit to Okolie he ain't no cherry picker trying to pad his record with journeymen, I like his courage. His size as a 6' 5" cruiserweight is a problem but I believe if you can take away his straight…

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