Okolie Sees Heavyweight Debut Soon
One of the cruiserweight division’s hottest prospects, Lawrence Okolie is setting his sights on leveling up a year from now.
Okolie, who has sparred with Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, and Tyson Fury has yet to feel “out of his depth” standing in there with championship-level heavyweights and may get his own world title opportunity this year.
Per a report from Boxing Scene, Okolie is negotiating for a fight against Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt, which Okolie hopes will lead to a unification fight later this year.
“Definitely. If I’m able to accomplish what I want to accomplish this year, then maybe early next year I will move up,” Okolie told Sky Sports of a move to moving up to heavyweight.
“I’d look to potentially unify [the cruiserweight division] in the fight after, and solidify myself as a world champion this year.”
“I feel comfortable,” Okolie said of sparring with heavyweights. “We’d have to see in an actual fight scenario but in sparring, with bigger headguards and bigger gloves, then athleticism is a bigger factor because you have to move in and out. One big shot isn’t as big of a factor.
“Obviously I punch reasonably hard and I’m strong so I never feel out of my depth with heavyweights. I’ve sparred top quality heavyweights and medium heavyweights. I feel comfortable. A lot of cruiserweights don’t want to spar me because either we’re going to fight or physically it is too imposing. The heavyweights are big, are able to soak up more damage and have pride when sparring me because [I’m in the division below].”