Okolie To Spar With Fury Prior To Wilder
Following his sparring with Anthony Joshua, Lawrence Okolie will travel to Big Bear in California to spar with Tyson Fury.
Fury, who faces Deontay Wilder on December 1st for the WBC world heavyweight title, has tapped the cruiserweight to help replicate Wilder’s unique fighting style. “I think it’s getting confirmed today or before the end of the week,” Okolie told Sky Sports. “I’ll probably go out next week, help out for a few weeks.
“I’ve sparred with another heavyweight champion in Anthony Joshua, I’ve sparred with Dillian Whyte, so I’ve been in there with top heavyweights.
“It’s just going to be interesting to be in there with someone so much bigger than myself. He’s got a long reach, good boxing IQ, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to learn some stuff, and just work.”
Only 10 fights into his career, Okolie has claimed both the British and Commonwealth titles at cruiserweight but is interested in working his way into the heavyweight division. “It’s an ambition of mine to move up to heavyweight, but I still feel like I have a lot of fundamentals that need to be ironed out at cruiserweight,” he said.
“I’m able to get away with a lot of stuff as a cruiserweight that I won’t be able to get away with as a heavyweight, so we’re just going to work on it.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports