Press Release: Matty Askin (23-3-1) will defend his British Cruiserweight title against Lawrence Okolie (11-1, which includes World Series of Boxing bouts; traditionally listed at 9-0) at Wembley Stadium on September 22nd, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Askin halted Welshman Craig Kennedy in six to claim the Lonsdale belt at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in May 2017 before stopping Scotland’s Stephen Simmons inside two rounds at York Hall in March.
Askin vs. Okolie lands on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight blockbuster with Russian powerhouse Alexander Povetkin,
Now the former English Cruiserweight Champion is predicting an early night for former Olympian Okolie when the rivals collide at England’s national stadium next month.
“Every credit to Okolie, he’s vacated the Commonwealth title because he wants this fight but he’s going to end up flat on his back,” said Askin.
“I can punch, I can box, and I can have a fight. I’ll do whatever I need to do against him to get the win. I don’t think it will go past four or five rounds, it definitely won’t go the distance.
“We’re both going to come out all guns blazing, it’s as simple as that. He’s going to come out thinking’s he’s going to bang me out straight away. I’m looking to go out there and tear his head off. I’ll be going in there and giving 110%, my 110% beats his 110% every day of the week. I believe that I’m a level above him.”
Earlier in the year, Okolie won a grudge match with Isaac Chamberlain in front of a huge crowd at The O2 in February. He floored the Brixton man twice.
He then added the Commonwealth belt in just his ninth pro outing when he delivered a third-round knockout of the previously undefeated Luke Watkins at London’s York Hall and is looking to make it three titles in three fights when he faces Blackpool’s Askin.
”This announcement is a fantastic day for me,” said Okolie.
“My ultimate goal is to be the unified world champion but before that I want to go down the traditional route, clean up domestically and prove to myself and the fans that I belong at that level.
“Matty Askin is a very experienced fighter who is ranked in the top 10 in the world. I want to start making my way towards the World scene and so I need to be able to beat people like Askin 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 said: “Lawrence is continuously surprising me with his desire to step up but this is by far his biggest jump yet. 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 and should be an absolute banger.”
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